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Juris Vagners

Juris Vagners
Director
Professor Emeritus
vagners@uw.edu

Dr. Vagners retired from full time teaching duties in September 2002, and remains active on various research projects. His research interests have been in the application of unconventional control techniques, i.e., artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic and evolutionary programming, to control systems design. Most recently, his research has focused on autonomous and semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). He has been working on cooperative path and mission planning for multiple UAS as well as risk assessment of UAS missions.

Helen Kuni

Helen Kuni
Associate Director
hkuni@uw.edu

Helen Kuni is a graduate student in the A&A Department. She has been with AFSL since March 2017 and has worked on a wide variety of projects, including those involving navigation systems, aerial mapping, and vertical takeoff and landing systems. She served as Director of Flight Operations beginning in June 2018, and continues to assist in overseeing the running of the lab, as well as our flight testing program. She is interested in Guidance, Navigation, & Control, flight operations, and flight testing.

Karina Bridgman

Karina Bridgman
Director of Flight Operations
karinab7@uw.edu

Karina Bridgman is an undergraduate researcher in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. She started with AFSL in June 2020 as the Director of Flight Operations, overseeing flight test planning and day-to-day operations in the lab. She is interested in operation management, flight testing, and aircraft guidance and control.

Affiliate Faculty

Christopher Lum

Christopher Lum, Ph.D.
Boeing

David Shean

David Shean, Ph.D.
UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

Advisory Board

Tad McGeer

Tad McGeer, Ph.D.
Aerovel

Andy Von Flotow

Andy Von Flotow, Ph.D.
Hood Technology

 

Graduate Researchers 

Danny Broyles

Danny Broyles

Danny Broyles is a Ph.D. student in the A&A Department investigating guidance, navigation, and control algorithms for autonomous unmanned aerial systems for use in wilderness search and rescue missions. His research interests include navigation, sensor fusion, machine learning, and optimization. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2013 and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2018 from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Kris Gauksheim

Kris Gauksheim

Kris is a Ph.D. Candidate focusing on novel control systems for industry deployed UAS. He has held previous engineering positions at Insitu and Aerovel.

Undergraduate Researchers 

Abhishek Babu

Abhishek Babu

Abhishek is an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering who has been with AFSL since April 2019 as a full-stack developer in the LARI team. He is interested in autonomous systems and their applications in the aerospace field.

Athil George

Athil George

Athil is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Aeronautics and Astronautics and minoring in Applied Mathematics. His interests are in flight controls systems and simulation development. Outside of his academics and career goals, Athil loves to go fishing and enjoys playing tennis.

Chris Hayner

Chris Hayner

Chris has been an undergraduate researcher with AFSL since January 2019. His interests include the applications of UAVs.

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Shawn Stanley

Shawn is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Engineering and has been with the lab since August 2018. Shawn is on the software development team for the lab and is interested in machine learning and path planning.

Eli Sitchin

Eli Sitchin

Eli graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in May 2020, and will begin his M.S. studies at Purdue in the fall, with concentrations in aerospace systems and astrodynamics. He previously worked for AFSL between June and August 2019. He currently works on photogrammetry applications and flight operations.

Hunter Warick

Hunter Warick

Hunter has been a UAS pilot for the last two years and through his experiences he has flown in Australia, Baja California, Alaska, and Oregon. These experiences were for many different projects that were all looking at baleen whale behavior and health.

Kenny Wilsey

Kenny Wilsey

Kenny is a junior in the college of engineering and is interested in drones, flight testing, and researching the various ways that drones and other aircraft can be utilized in our world.

Kenny Wilsey

Kevin Zhu

Kevin is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Engineering and prospective Computer Engineering major. He has been a researcher in AFSL since Autumn 2018. He is currently on the software development team for the LARI project.

 Previous Members

  Name
Degree
   Daniel Ablog
 B.S. 2014
   Scott An  B.S. 2016
   Ester Anderson
 M.S.
   Amy Arbeit
 M.S. 2013
   Carter Beamish
 -
   Jeremy Brenner
 B.S. 2014
   Bryson Bruno
-
   Alec Bueing
 B.S. 2016
   Emil Caga-anan
 -
   Brian Capozzi
 Ph.D.
   Zachary Daniel Caratao  B.S. 2016
   Brian Carpenter
 B.S. 2016
   Paochen Brian Chang
 -
   Karine Chen  B.S. 2018, M.S. 2020
   Justin En Yen Chu
 -
   Sarah Chu
 B.S. 2019
   Melanie Clark
 B.S. 2015
   James Colito
 M.S.
   Yunior Cruz
 M.S. 2011
   Al Creigh
 B.S. 2015
 
   Matt Davis  B.S. 2016, M.S. 2020
   James DeBoer
 M.S.
   Chris Deseure
 -
   Brendan Doyle-Wade
B.S. 2016
   Rori Fortmann
B.S. 2020
   Bryan Ghahremani
 -
   Ryan Grimes  M.S. 2018
   Cory Hage
 -
   Ward Handley
 M.S. 2015
   Chung Hoon Choi
 M.S. 2019
   Jason Hung
 -
   Craig Husby
 M.S.
   Dong Jia
 Ph.D.
   Connor Kafka
 B.S. 2019
   Noel Kimber
 B.S. 2014
   Taehan Kook
 B.S. 2017
   Tadej Kosel
 -
   Sean Kragelund
 -
   Vikram Krishnamurthy
 M.S.
   Kyle Krough
 M.S.
   Robert Larson  M.S. 2016
   Zech Latimer
 B.S. 2019
   Bao Le
 M.S. 2014
   Kelly Lee
 -
   Charlie Matlak
 M.S.
   Andrew Melander
 M.S.
   Vitor Meneses de Vasconcelos
 -
   Liam Mortell B.S. 2020
   An Nguyen  -
   Marius Niculescu
 -
   John Osborne
 M.S.
   Ravi Patel
 B.S. 2019
   Anawat Pongpunwattana
 Ph.D.
   Nicholas Price
 B.S. 2019
   Henry Wehne Qin
 B.S. 2016
   David Rathbun
 Ph.D.
   Marissa Reid
 B.S. 2017
   Angel Rodriguez
 B.S. 2016
   Hannah Rotta  B.S. 2016
   Matthew Rowland
 M.S.
   Hao Ruan
 M.S.
   Juan-Carlos Rubio
 M.S.
   Erli Sheng
 -
   Charlie Shaw-Feather
 -
   Jaspreet Sidhu
 B.S. 2020
   Eli Sitchen
 
   Rostyk Svitelskyi
 M.S. 2019
   Robert Soo
 -
   Alexander Summers
 B.S. 2014
   Justin Taft
 B.S. 2015
   Maxine Tan
 -
   Aleksandr Tereshchenkov
 B.S. 2015
   Keisuke Tsujita
 B.S. 2015
   Dai Tsukada
 M.S. 2015
   Kevin Ueunten
 M.S. 2014
   Ryan Valach
 B.S. 2016
   Zach Williams
 B.S. 2019
   Jonathon Gage Winde
 M.S. 2015
   Richard Wise
 Ph.D.
   Justin Yantus
 -
   Daniel Zhu
 -