I remember telling my second grade teacher that when I grew up I wanted to be an airplane. Although not my brightest moment, it may have been the beginning of my fascination with small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) and becoming a remote controlled (RC) pilot. This fasination has led me to get a degree in mechanical engineering and produce deep learning research in SUAS application.
My love of flying led me to volunteer with a BYU competitions such as the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and University Rover Competition (URC). Overall, these experiences strengthen my research skill set in the fields of autonomous navigation, control, path planning, obstacle avoidance, and image recognition. These experiences are preparing me to make breakthroughs in SUAS research and are enabling me to follow my passion of flight.
In addition to extracurricular research activities, I have worked with professors in several research labs at BYU, and have become familiar with the process of research. Through these professional experiences, I am advancing knowledge by exploring new solutions to complicated problems. I have also made contributions to publications resulting from research I have done.