Ph.D. Student at Caltech and NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

About Me

I am a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. I develop controls and estimation algorithms for autonomous aerospace systems at the Aerospace Robotics and Controls Laboratory (ARCL) with my Ph.D. advisor Professor Soon-Jo Chung. I am affiliated with the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) and the Keck Institute of Space Studies (KISS). Prior to coming to Caltech, I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Guidance and Control Analysis Engineer.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing ping pong, training for triathlon, growing plants, and traveling.


My Passions

Robotics Research

I use mathematical tools such as nonlinear controls, graph theory, and probability to design and analyze autonomous algorithms for aerospace systems. My previous work includes precise spacecraft formation flying in planetary orbits and distributed estimation of large-scale multi-agent systems.

Space Exploration

My life-long passion towards space technology and exploraiton is deeply rooted in rather simple questions: How did the cosmos begin? Are we alone in the universe? I enjoy every opportunity to discuss with others about the wonders of this universe and the exciting technological progress that we are making to answer some fundamental questions.


Being a Japanese-American immigrant and working in a STEM field give me unique opportunities to give back to the communities that I care. I enjoy tutoring local high school students in STEM, mentoring young undergraduate researchers, and coaching Japanese-American students to about studying abroad.

Research Questions

Outreach Activities

Here are some outreach and leadership activities that I am involved in.