Russ Tedrake, faculty sponsor
Russ Tedrake is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. He received his B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2004. After graduation, he spent a year with the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department as a Postdoctoral Associate. During his education, he has spent time at Microsoft, Microsoft Research, and the Santa Fe Institute.
Professor Tedrake’s research group is interested in underactuated motor control systems in animals and machines that are capable of executing dynamically dexterous tasks and interacting with uncertain environments. They believe that the design of these control systems is intimately related to the mechanical designs of their machines, and that tools from machine learning and optimal control can be used to exploit this coupling when classical control techniques fail. Current projects include robust and efficient bipedal locomotion on flat terrain, multi-legged locomotion over extreme terrain, flapping-winged flight, and feedback control for fluid dynamics.
Anne Hunter, administrative sponsor
Anne Hunter is the Undergraduate Administrator for the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department. She attended Vassar College, graduated from Wellesley College in philosophy and history, and has worked at MIT ever since, counseling students and advisors in the Humanities Department for several years before moving to Course 6 (EECS). She does Tai Chi, Kung Fu, yoga, and swims, but otherwise, you can find here in her office going crazy from lots of paperwork and email. She loves to travel and read, especially science fiction, and never gets to do enough of either.
Rachel Reed is a senior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied International Studies. She is from Houston, Texan but her family is originally from Argentina. At MIT she is involved with teaching, her sorority and various minority student activities. In her free time she loves going sailing, making pottery and eating.
A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Austen Yueh is a rising junior in Computer Science and Engineering who has been both a DEECS counselor and student of the program. At school, she's involved in several groups including Asian American Association, MIT Consulting Group, and her sorority. When she's not working, she can be heard playing clarinet or piano (but probably not at the same time) in venues both on and off campus. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, and napping.