Maria Castano and Mohammed Al-Rubaiai received Best Paper Awards at the 2011 AACC Modeling, Estimation and Control Conference (MECC 2021) (

  • Best Paper Award in Modeling, for paper “Averaged Modeling of Pectoral Fin-Actuated Robotic Fish” by Maria Castano and Xiaobo Tan
  • Best Student Paper Gold Award, for paper “Control-Oriented Nonlinear Modeling of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Gel Actuators” by Mohammed Al-Rubaiai, Xinda Qi, Zachary Frank, Ryohei Tsuruta, Kwang J. Kim, and Xiaobo Tan

Maria Castano graduated with her PhD in 2021 and is now a researcher with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Mohammed Al-Rubaiai is a current PhD student scheduled to defend his thesis in December. Congratulations, Spartan engineers!