Associate Professor & ​Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow II
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Texas A&M University
220 Mechanical Engineering Office Building
College Station, TX 77843

Email:  aames at tamu dot edu
Phone: 979-845-5243

AMBER Lab Website (updated frequently):
YouTube Page (latest videos of my walking robots):


My research interests center around theoretic methods in hybrid systems and nonlinear control, with a heavy emphasis on applications to bipedal robotic walking---both formally and through experimental validation.  A large component of my research is to use human locomotion as a template for constructing formal theories for robotic walking.  In addition, I explore geometric methods in robotic walking and hybrid systems, along will studying behavior unique to hybrid systems such as Zeno behavior and stability theory.

I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in 2001. I received a MA in Mathematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 with Shankar Sastry.  I was a Postdoc at Caltech from 2006-2008 with John Doyle. At UC Berkeley, I was the recipient of the 2005 Leon O. Chua Award for achievement in nonlinear science and the 2006 Bernard Friedman Memorial Prize in Applied Mathematics.  In 2010 I received both the NSF CAREER award for my research on bipedal robotic walking and its applications to prosthetic devices.

News and Notes:

"Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness."

-Eric Temple Bell

"Good general theory does not search for the maximum generality, but for the right generality."

-Mac Lane

"The whole concept of a category is essentially an auxiliary one; our basic concepts are essentially those of a functor and of a natural transformation ."

-Eilenberg and Mac Lane



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