An ECE graduate student, Maria Castano, has received the award from the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP). NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education (http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138123). The program will provide three years of financial support to Maria Castano for her graduate studies at MSU. During this award period, Castano will investigate methods to optimally coordinate and control different locomotion modes of autonomous multimodal robots, in the presence of environmental uncertainties, to meet mission objectives while accommodating energy and other constraints.
Maria Castano received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University in May 2014, and started her PhD studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU in August 2014, under the supervision of Professor Xiaobo Tan (http://www.egr.msu.edu/~xbtan/).