Dr. Jack Aldrich


Dr. Jack Aldrich received the B.S. degree in applied mechanics and engineering sciences from University of California, San Diego in 1991. There he began work as a construction engineer building and testing retrofitted bridge prototypes at UCSD's Powell Earthquake Engineering Lab. This work was proceeded by a graduate research appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he designed, built and tested a vibration-control device using piezoelectrics for a NASA-funded telescope. After graduating from M.I.T. with an M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1993, he worked with a team of engineers at TransScience, Inc., in developing the first 100% advanced aerospace composite cable-stayed bridge. In 1997, he returned to U.C. San Diego to investigate a new approach to biologically-inspired robotics and graduated with a Ph.D. degree (2004) in mechanical engineering with a specialization in dynamic systems and control. His main research has been on control synthesis (trajectory optimization, time-energy optimal control, and robust feedback control) for a new class of hyper-actuated mechanical systems that includes the so-called tensegrity structures introduced by architect/designer Buckminster Fuller. In November 2004, he joined JPL's NDE and Advanced Actuators (NDEAA) laboratory as a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar where his current research focuses on developing advanced actuation technologies for robotic applications.


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