This is my third year as Head of Rockefeller College, and I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with all of you, new and returning students alike.
I first came to Princeton as an undergraduate in the class of 1995. After college, I headed West to get my Ph.D. from Caltech, but as much I loved California, I couldn't stay away from Princeton, and came back in 2001 as a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I'm also an affiliated faculty member in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.
I live in Princeton with my wife Leslie and our two kids, Worth (age 11) and Cecilia (age 9), who are thrilled to be part of the Rocky community. Leslie also works at Princeton, in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, as the Assistant Director for the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy. I'm sure you will see our kids running around the dining hall; feel free to introduce yourselves, especially if you feel like talking about Harry Potter or gymnastics. (My kids think the Rocky dining hall is exactly like the great hall at Hogwarts, and they're not far off!)
This Fall I'll be teaching an upper-level engineering course in control systems (e.g., autopilots; robotics). In the Spring I'll be teaching a course in applied mathematics for engineering grad students. I have an office in the D-wing of the Engineering Quad but also have a space in the Rocky office. If you are ever near either of those spaces, come introduce yourself.
Outside of the classroom, I'm a big music fan: I like nearly all forms and genres of music, I play a few instruments (sometimes you can hear me on the piano in the Rocky common room), and sing in a local choir. I also love the outdoors, especially hiking, cycling, and rowing. I'm a faculty fellow for the rowing teams, and in the early mornings you’ll occasionally find me sculling in my single on Lake Carnegie.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to say hello in the common room, stop by my office, or join me and my family for a meal in the dining hall. I'm excited to meet you all!