Our People

Principal Investigator

Ran Dai
Associate Professor
Dr. Ran Dai is an associate professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, she was the Netjets Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. She received her B.S. degree in Automation Science from Beihang University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University. After graduation, she worked as an engineer in an automotive technology company, Dynamic Research, Inc., and then joined University of Washington as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Dai’s research focuses on control of autonomous systems, numerical optimization, and networked dynamical systems. She received the NSF Career Award and NASA Early Faculty Career Award. Dr. Dai is serving as an associate editor of IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and the conference editorial board of IEEE Control Systems Society.

Graduate Students

Samuel Hendrix
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD Student Co-Advised at OSU
Chaoying Pei
Graduate Research Assistant
Phd Student
PhD Student Co-Advised at OSU
Sixiong You
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD Student


Master 08/2017---05/2019 Now: Control Engineer at Gaussian Robotics
Post Doctoral Researcher 10/2018---09/2019 Now: Postdoctoral Associate, North Carolina State University
Master 01/2014---12/2015 Now: Research Engineer at Scientific Systems Company, Inc
Master 08/2016---05/2018 Now: Flight Control Engineer at Rockwell Collins
PhD 08/2013---08/2018 Now: Postdoctoral Associate, Aerospace Controls Laboratory at MIT
PhD 08/2013---11/2017 Now: Operation Research Analyst at Norfolk Southern Corporation