Dr. Sean Humbert

J. Sean Humbert, Ph.D.
McLagan Family Endowed Associate Professor
1111 Engineering Dr
Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-8250 TEL
(303) 492-3498 FAX
sean.humbert(at)colorado.edu

J. Sean Humbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

J. Sean Humbert is the McLagan Family Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and MS / Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech. His main research focus is perception, reduction and feedback principles in biology. Nervous systems have evolved to make useful reductions of sensory-rich high dimensional data, forming simple representations that allow animals to perform well with limited computation in the presence of uncertainty. His laboratory works with biologists to apply control- and information-theoretic tools to formalize these principles in small animals such as insects, providing insight into the biology and resulting in novel, robust and computationally efficient solutions for small-scale engineered systems. Dr. Humbert is a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology of the National Academies, is the recipient of the AIAA National Capital Section Hal Andrews Young Scientist/Engineer Award and an ARO Young Investigator Award. He is Director of the MAST-CTA Center on Microsystem Mechanics, Co-Director of the AFOSR Center of Excellence on Nature Inspired Flight Technologies, and a member of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) at CU Boulder.

Professional Preparation:

  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
  • MS, California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
  • BS, University of California, Davis, Mechanical Engineering

Appointments:

  • McLagan Family Endowed Associate Professor, 2015-present
  • Techno-Sciences Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation, 2013-2015
  • Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park 2011-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park 2005-2011
    • Affiliate Faculty of the Department of Bioengineering and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR)
  • Program Manager, Space & Strategic Programs, Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion 2000-2002
  • Senior Design Engineer, Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion 1999-2000
  • Visiting Researcher, United Technologies Research Center, Hartford, CT 1998

Honors and Awards

  • McLagan Family Endowed Associate Professor, 2015-2018
  • Best Paper in the Advances in UAS Technologies I Session, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, 2015
  • Best Paper in the Novel Navigation, Estimation and Tracking Methods I Session, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, 2015
  • AIAA Associate Fellow
  • Techno-Sciences Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation (Chaired Professorship)
  • Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award, 2010-2012
  • Best Paper in the Dynamics and Control of Nano-Class Unmanned Systems (Invited) Session, American Control Conference (ACC), 2010
  • Best Paper in the Helicopter Control Session, American Control Conference (ACC), 2010
  • Best Paper in the Marine Systems II Session, American Control Conference (ACC), 2010
  • AIAA National Capital Section Hal Andrews Young Engineer of the Year Award, 2009
  • AIAA Outstanding Professor of the Year, Department of Aerospace Engineering, UMCP, 2007
  • AIAA Outstanding Mentor Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering, UMCP, 2006
  • Best Paper Award, AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control, 2005
  • Best Student Paper, American Control Conference (ACC), 2004
  • Best Poster Prize, International Conference on Insect Sensors and Robotics, 2004
  • 1st Place, Red Bull Flügtag Human-Powered Flying Competition, 2002, 2003
  • Departmental Citation, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1997

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