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Jerry N

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Robotics, Machine Learning, Generative AI, Quantitative Finance, Algorithmic Trading, Statistics, Computer Science


Hi! I'm currently working towards my PhD in mechanical engineering, mainly doing research in robotics and nonlinear systems. Prior to my current work, my Master's research focused on development of an educational platform to teach people on the manufacturing line how to use and work alongside robotic systems. In undergrad, I did material science research at UC San Diego while completing my Bachelor's in mechanical engineering.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Low capital algorithmic trading

With small amounts of money, trading things on the stock market is very profitable and has very few restrictions. In fact, quant funds do this regularly, executing hundreds of trades every day holding onto investments for as low as minutes at a time. In this project, you would explore different methods of financial modeling ranging from fundamentals analysis to strictly technical cost-based analysis of securities and aim to implement an algorithm that could automate trading.

Wall-following drone

Drones are becoming extremely inexpensive and decreasing in size dramatically, making it feasible for flight indoors to become somewhat safe. In this project, we would analyze the physics that make a drone move and augment a run of the mill drone to be able to sense its surroundings and be able to follow a wall.

Haptic Feedback Design for a Robotic System

A major component of integrating robotic systems with human controllers is giving humans the proper feedback so that they can feel what is happening with the system. In this project, we would discuss the development of a robotic system with the proper sensing technology to be able to feed that back to a user. This project has numerous possibilities of exploration, including researching the frequency and speeds at which different parts of your body are able to process feedback and the resolution for different types feedback your body has.

Coding skills

python, MatLab, C++, JavaScript, Java

Teaching experience

Recently, I worked as a TA and then head TA for the Intro to Robotics class in the mechanical engineering department at MIT. In undergrad, I was a tutor for high school students in the San Diego area. Research-wise, I've also done curriculum development for an automated teaching system to teach manufacturing line workers how to utilize robotic systems.



University of California San Diego (UCSD)
BS Bachelor of Science
Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS Master of Science (2019)
Robotics and Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Robotics and Controls

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