Lucy Y. Pao

Postdocs and Students


Current Postdoc

Christopher Bay (Control of Extreme Scale (> 10 MW) Wind Turbines)


Current Graduate Students

Jacob P. Aho (Active Power Control of Wind Turbines and Wind Farms)

Arnold Braker (Compressive Sensing for Atomic Force Microscopy)

Daniel Zalkind (Control of Extreme Scale (> 10 MW) Wind Turbines)

Michael Sinner (Control of Wind Turbines)

Kaitlyn Garifi (Control of Tape Drives, co-advised by Behrouz Touri)

Nikhar Abbas (Control of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines)


Current Undergraduate Students

Michael Fromandi (Real-time Control of an Atomic Force Microscope)


Group Ski Trip, March 2015. From left to right are: Dan Zalkind, David Schlipf, Lucy Pao, Eric Simley, Shervin Shajiee, and Fiona Dunne. Photo taken by Jake Aho.


Group DimSum Lunch, December 2014. In back, from left to right are: Dan Zalkind, David Schlipf, Ana Schlipf, Fiona Dunne, Shervin Shajiee, Eric Simley, Jake Aho, Arnold Braker, Francis Chew, Maggie Rigney, Brian Rigney, Will Rigney (standing in front of Brian), Kara Rigney, Sarah Pao Radzihovsky, and Leo Radzihovsky. In front, from left to right are: Lucy Pao, Leonardo Schlipf, Hua Zhong, and Julia Zhong Chew.


Group Ski Trip with Professor Masayoshi Tomizuka from UC-Berkeley, February 2014. From left to right are: Sarah Pao Radzihovsky, Dylan Bialek, Shervin Shajiee, Jake Aho, John Hauser, Fiona Dunne, Masayoshi Tomizuka, and Lucy Pao.


Group Lunch, January 2014, when Eric Simley was back visiting from Denmark. From left to right are: Matthew Pao Radzihovsky, Sarah Pao Radzihovsky, Andrew Buckspan, Andy Scholbrock, Katie Johnson, Hua Zhong, Shervin Shajiee, Eric Simley, and Lucy Pao.


Group Photo, July 2013: From left to right are: Bottom row: Shervin Shajiee, Jason Laks, Fiona Dunne, Pieter Gebraad, and Jake Aho; Middle row: Eric Simley, Floris Teeuwisse, Andrew Buckspan, and Jen Annoni (visiting from University of Minnesota); Top row: Na Wang (visiting from Colorado School of Mines), and Lucy Pao.


Group Photo, July 2013, farewell party for Floris Teeuwisse. Standing on left, from front to back are: Jen Annoni (visiting from University of Minnesota), Pieter Gebraad, Shervin Shajiee, Eric Simley, and Fiona Dunne. Center: Floris Teeuwisse. Standing on right, from front to back are: Andrew Buckspan, Jake Aho, Lucy Pao, Jason Laks, and Na Wang (visiting from Colorado School of Mines).


Group Photo, April 2013, to celebrate Shervin Shajiee and Eric Simley passing their PhD Comprehensive Exams, and Eric Simley receiving a Fulbright Fellowship. Clockwise around table, starting from left front: Shervin Shajiee, Andrew Buckspan, Neil Kelley (collaborator, formerly of NREL), Jake Aho, Fiona Dunne, Lucy Pao, Hua Zhong, Jason Laks, Eric Simley, Hien Nguyen, and Floris Teeuwisse.


Joint Marden/Pao Group Photo, April 2013, to celebrate ACC and CDC papers. Clockwise around table, starting from left front: Kaitlyn Marden, Jason Marden, Jeries Shihadeh, Shervin Shajiee, Floris Teeuwisse, Andrew Buckspan, Fiona Dunne, Eric Simley, Philip Brown, Jake Aho, Lucy Pao, Sarah Pao Radzihovsky, Yassmin Shalaby, Nancy Marden, and Bradley Marden.


Group Photo, January 2013, to celebrate Jason Laks' completing his PhD. Clockwise around table, starting from left front: Jason Laks, Fiona Dunne, Andrew Buckspan, Hua Zhong, Eric Simley, Shervin Shajiee, Jeries Shihadeh, Jake Aho, Matthew Pao Radzihovsky, Sarah Pao Radzihovsky, Lucy Pao, and Jason Marden.


Group Photo, January 2012. Clockwise around table, starting from left front: Paul Fleming (NREL collaborator), Shervin Shajiee, Andrew Buckspan, Jake Aho, Lucy Pao, Matthew Pao Radzihovsky, Sarah Pao Radzihovsky, Jeries Shihadeh, Jim Brasseur (visiting from Penn State), Eric Simley, Fiona Dunne, and Knud Kragh (visiting from Technical University of Denmark)


Group Photo, January 2012: From left to right are: Andrew Buckspan, Fiona Dunne, Eric Simley, Hua Zhong, Shervin Shajiee, Lucy Pao, and Neil Kelley (collaborator, formerly of NREL)


Group Photo, June 2011, farewell outing for Jeff Butterworth and Marian Chaffe. From left to right are: Jason Laks, Eric Simley, Hua Zhong, Jeff Butterworth, Lucy Pao, Marian Chaffe, and Fiona Dunne


Group Photo, April 2011, after Jason Laks' PhD Comprehensive exam. From left to right are: Curt Stevens, Katie Johnson, Lucy Pao, Jason Laks, Hua Zhong, Fiona Dunne, Jeff Butterworth, (baby Jensen Butterworth behind the wine glass), Anne Katherine Butterworth, Jake Aho, Anil Damle, Eric Simley, and Shervin Shajiee


Group Photo, April 2011, after Jeff Butterworth's PhD defense. From left to right are: Shervin Shajiee, Jason Laks, Hua Zhong, Fiona Dunne, Eric Simley, Lucy Pao, Jake Aho, and Jeff Butterworth



Group Photo, February 2004. From left to right are: back: Nathan Baltz, Richard Powers, Chris Lee, Nick Bernstein, Matt Baumgart, Craig Cutforth; middle: Chanat La-orpacharapan, Weibin Xu; front: Hua Zhong, Lucy Pao, Kathryn Johnson, and Wat Khawsuk.



Group Photo, October 2000: From left to right, bottom to top are: Roman Novoselov, Craig Cutforth, Mike Kalandros, Chris Lee, Nathan Baltz, Lidija Trailovic, Chanat La-orpacharapan, and Lucy Pao.


Past Postdocs and Research Associates

David Schlipf (Ph.D. 2015, University of Stuttgart), 2014-2015; is now Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Stuttgart, 2015-

Shalom Ruben (Ph.D. 2010, University of California Los Angeles), 2011-2012 (co-advised with Jason Marden); is now an Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, 2012-

Vishwesh Kulkarni (Ph.D. 2001, University of Southern California), 2003-2005; was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2001-2003 and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India during 2006-2010; Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2011-2014; now an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick in the UK.

Lidija Trailovic (Ph.D. 2002, University of Colorado Boulder), 2003-2004; is now at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Denver, CO, 2004-


Past Ph.D. Students

Fiona M. Dunne (currently at Siemens, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Robert Unguran (visiting PhD student, 2016; currently completing his PhD at Oldenburg University)

Shervin Shajiee (currently at Western Digital Corporation, San Jose, CA)

Eric J. Simley (currently at Envision Energy, Houston, TX)

Hua Zhong (currently at Oracle Corporation, Broomfield, CO)

Andrew D. Buckspan (2011-2014, left Ph.D. program in January 2014 without completing degree)

Jason H. Laks (currently at Western Digital Corporation, San Jose, CA; formerly (2013-2014) a postdoctoral research associate at the National Wind Technology Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO)

Matthew J. Travers (currently a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA)

Jeffrey A. Butterworth (currently at Frontier Wind LLC, Rocklin, CA)

Brian P. Rigney (currently Director of Engineering at Western Digital Corporation, Longmont, CO)

Richard M. Powers (currently Vice President of R & D at RavenBrick LLC, Denver, CO)

Nicholas L. Bernstein (now at Intuitive Surgical, Inc., San Francisco, CA; formerly (2006-2011) at Touch of Life Technologies, Aurora, CO)

Kathryn E. Johnson (currently on the faculty at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; formerly at the National Wind Technology Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, 2004-2005)

Chanat La-orpacharapan (currently at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA)

Weerawat Khawsuk (currently on the faculty at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand) Matthew D. Baumgart (now at Blue Canyon Technologies, Boulder, CO; formerly (2003-2014) at Ball Corporation, Boulder, CO)

Lidija Trailovic (currently at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Denver, CO)
(formerly a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Pensacola, FL, 2001-2002)

Christopher D. Lee (currently with Algae Lab Systems, Boulder, CO as well as Medical Simulation Corporation, Denver, CO)

Craig F. Cutforth (currently a Senior Servo Engineer at Seagate Technology, Longmont, CO)

Michael K. Kalandros (currently a Senior Staff Member at Applied Physics Laboratory, Columbia, MD)

Mark A. Lau (currently on the faculty at Turabo University, Puerto Rico)
(formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, 2001-2002)

Past M.S. Students

Bart Doekemeijer (visiting MS student, 2015-2016)

Floris Teeuwisse (visiting MS student, 2012-2013)

Anil Damle (B.S./M.S., 2011)(now in PhD program at Stanford University)
Recipient of the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Graduate for Research Award, May 2011.

Marian Chaffe (M.S., 2010, co-advised with Robert R. McLeod)

Mathew A. Merkow (M.S., 2008)

Sutha Aphanuphong (M.S., 2007, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)
Co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2005 World Haptics Conference

Yegor Plam (M.S., 2003, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)

Weibin Xu (M.S., 2004, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)
Co-recipient of the Best Commercial Potential Award at the 2004 International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems

Brian P. Reichenberger (M.S., 2002, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)

Roman Y. Novoselov (currently working at Numerica, Inc., Fort Collins, CO)
(formerly worked at CDM Optics, Boulder, CO, 2001-2002)
(co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)

Nathan T. Baltz (currently President of PhotoSense, Boulder, CO)

Shane Brown (M.S., 1999, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)

Farid Infed (M.S., 1999, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)

Yiannis (John) Pavlou (currently working at National Instruments, Austin, TX)
(M.S., 1998, co-advised by Dale A. Lawrence)

Neil A. Duchane (currently working at Raytheon)
(formerly worked at Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, 1998-2000) (M.S., 1998)

Matthew D. Leoni (M.S., 1996)

Vimal P. Patel (currently working at Trimble Navigation, Sunnyvale, CA) (M.S., 1996)

Christian W. Frei (currently working at Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, Zurich, Switzerland; formerly at BT&T Asset Management, Urdorf, Switzerland)
(Ph.D., 2000, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)

Robert N. Itschner (currently working at ABB, Zurich, Switzerland)


Past B.S. Students

Matthew Spydell (B.S. expected in 2018)

Cassandra Noice (B.S. expected in 2017)

Benjamin Spencer (B.S. expected in 2019)

Alec Martin (B.S. expected in 2016)

Daniel B. Kopelove (B.S., 2009)

Jeff Swetnam (B.S., 2004)

Andrew C. White (currently working at Raytheon, Denver, CO) (B.S., 2004)
Co-recipient of the Best Commercial Potential Award at the 2004 International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems

Aleksandr M. Arustamyan (B.S./M.S., 2003)

Bryan A. Montross (B.S., 2001)

Flor Shirzadian (currently working at Hewlett Packard) (B.S., 2000)

Roman Novoselov (formerly worked at Numerica, Inc., Fort Collins, CO, 2002-?; formerly worked at CDM Optics, Boulder, CO, 2001-2002; MS student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999-2001) (B.S., 1999)

Darrell L. Barnhart (currently pursuing graduate studies at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT) (B.S., 1996)

Radu C. Frangopol (B.S., 1996)

Craig S. Lindqvist (now in the MBA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder; worked at Boeing, Seattle, WA from 1996 until 2002) (B.S., 1996)

Kheong S. Chan (currently pursuing graduate studies at National University of Singapore, Singapore) (B.S., Northwestern University, 1996)

Nathan V. Le (currently working at Motorola, Pheonix, AZ) (B.S., Northwestern University, 1996)