Faculty & Research

Steven Brunton

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Steven Brunton

  • Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2012
  • B.S. Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 2006

Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Steven was an acting assistant professor in applied mathematics at the University of Washington.

His research focuses on combining techniques in dimensionality reduction, sparse sensing, and machine learning for the data-driven control of complex dynamical systems. He is interested in how low-rank coherent structures that underlie high-dimensional data facilitate sparse measurements. In particular, he is advancing techniques to determine optimal locations of sensors and actuators for a given control objective, and he is developing adaptive controllers in an equation-free context using machine learning. Applications include fluid mixing, bio-locomotion, neuroscience, transportation and energy systems.

His work has been published in numerous journals and he has two provisional patents.