Service & Mentoring

Faculty Advising/Mentoring

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at UCI
    2017 – Present
    IEEE at UCI is one of UCI’s premiere Electrical Engineering clubs. We strive to support the hard working engineering community by providing students the many ways to network, gain insight on the industry, receive guidance on schoolwork, and enjoy student life as an engineer. The opportunities through IEEE are endless and in order to take full advantage of one of the largest professional organizations in the world, please join us at our meetings and events!
    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a professional student organization aiming to promote the advancement of technology. Our goal is to provide the students at UCI the resources to become successful in the technology industry as well as provide a means of networking inside and outside of the university.
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  • FSAE Electric Racecar – Electric Sub-Team
    Primary Advisor: J. Michael McCarthy
    2017 – Present
    Anteater Racing is a student-led engineering senior design project at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The program welcomes students of all majors and experience levels, and has a strong core of mechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineers. We build, design, and test cars for the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) collegiate design competition series on an annual basis.

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  • Micromouse at UCI
    2019 – Present
    Micromouse is a robotics competition hosted by IEEE in which students design, develop, and program a robotic mouse to autonomously navigate a maze. While it sounds like an easy task, it will require your minds to perform at an extraordinary level as you start to apply the knowledge you acquire from coursework to the real test!
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  • Zotbotics
    2018 – Present
    We come from many backgrounds, from engineering to business, Asia to the US. But each and every team member shares one thing: passion. All of us at Zotbotics love what we do, which is why we set out to create a competetive robotics organization at UCI.
    We love having fun, but as a college organization, we also believe in developing top-tier products with industry-level tools and procedures. From projects to organization structure, we strive to emulate industry practices.

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Other Advising

  • Orangineers
    2017 – 2020
    The main philanthropy work the Orangineers hold are long-term (running from January-May/June) after school workshops to educate underprivileged students at local high schools about engineering, writing their own code, and building autonomous vehicles.
    Orangineers is an interest group for engineering majors and those interested in engineering. We create personal and academic projects aimed toward members’ interests with community service in mind.
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  • UAV Forge – Avionics Sub-Team
    primary advisor: Natascha Buswell
    2018 – 2020
    UAV Forge is multi-engineering senior design project at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
    Established in 2013, the team strives to develop fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can execute various mission tasks. UAV Forge explores the applications of customized UAVs such as search-and-rescue missions, wildfire missions, personal delivery services, land surveying, and reconnaissance.
    – excerpt from UAV Forge Project Description
  • UCI CubeSat – EECS Sub-Team
    primary advisor: Kenneth Mease
    Fall 2019
    Our goal is to create a modular satellite that costs less than $10,000. Other student teams will be able to use our design for their own missions. The design is meant to act as a base that other teams can modify for their own uses. Many other open source CubeSat projects provide kits to purchase but do not provide the information on how to create a CubeSat without a kit. CubeSat kits can be expensive which limits access to space for many student projects. Our project aims to create a CubeSat design process that can be replicated with minimal parts from kits. Our CubeSat design and our design process will all be open source and contained on our website.
    -excert from UCI CubeSat Project Description

Featured Senior Design Projects

  • 2019-2020
    • ZotPonics: A Smart Automated Hydroponics System for Sustainable Agriculture, funded by TGIF
      Owen K. Yang, Jason Lim, Sidney Lau, Kathy Nguyen
      Team featured in UCI News article: Rookie Researchers
  • 2018-2019
  • 2016-2017
    • Automated Tea Brewing Project
      Andy Le, Anthony De La Rosa, Christopher Amaya, Cory Michael Yun
  • FSAE Electric Racecar Sub-Teams Advising
    2019-2020 Dynamic Electric Differential
    Lucas Juttner, Mario Medina, Leslie Uribe, Joshua Miller
    2019-2020 Hermes Telemetry System
    Michael Barbosa, Michael Honar, Eleanor Hotes, Rieli Tjan, Umesh Tanniru
    2018-2019 Low and High Voltage Sub-Teams for Joule v2.0
    Faisal Altassan (Low Voltage Lead), Ryan Wong (High Voltage Lead), Kevin De Guzman (Powertrain)
    2017-2018 Embedded and Telemetry Sub-Teams for Joule
    Xavier Dedenbach, Tyler Kurokawa, Arnav Malawade, Alex Robinson, Preston Rogers, Eric Sutton, Ken Tran, Paul Vintimilla


  • Online Course Development for EECS 31/31L under UCOP Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) RFP 6 (2018-2019)
  • Texas Instruments Gift/Award for research development of RSLK Kit use in EECS Curriculum (2018)
  • Integrating VR in Engineering courses under UCI eTech Mini Grant (2018)
  • Online Course Development for EECS 22/22L under UCOP Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) RFP 6 (2017-2018)

Featured Independent Research Projects

Below are some current/previous projects students have been working on under my supervision. If you are interested in working with me on autonomous driving related or other projects, I have a simple prerequisite/starting point for you to complete. Please review these tutorials:
How to build a self-driving car in 1 month
Python plays GTA V (tutorial on OpenCV and autonomous driving)

  • Autonomous Drone Reference Design for UCI and Outreach Projects
    Summer 2019 – Spring 2020 w/ Andrew Kettle and Jada Berenguer
  • Texas Instruments RSLK Kit Integration with 3rd party sensors
    Summer 2018 – Spring 2019 w/ Derrell Record
    TI RSLK kit with ultrasonic sensors Hackster article
  • Texas Instruments RSLK Kit Integration with EECS Curriculum (“Mastermind” hardware and software project)
    Spring 2018 – Spring 2019 w/ Arineh Matosian and Patrick Elhaddad
  • Lane Recognition Project w/ GoPro & Image Processing
    co-advisors: Kim Reynolds and Patrick Hong
    Winter 2019 – Spring 2019 w/ Jason Duong, Jordan Bonecutter, and Anthony Skoury
  • Autonomous Driving Exploration & Simulation w/ OpenCV
    Spring 2018 – Fall 2018 w/ Jason Duong
  • FPGA Cryptocurrency Mining Application
    Spring 2018 w/ Justin Dong-Il Lee
  • Adaptive/Automated Watering System Prototyping
    2017-2018 w/ Omkar Pathak
  • Automated Drone Curriculum Development Support with Office of Access and Inclusion
    2017-2018 w/ Stephen Han and Linh Do

Other Service

  • Evaluation Committee Member for IEEE IAS Student Thesis Contest 2020
  • Invited Panel Speaker at student organized UCI Engineering Conference 2020 on “The Future of Education”
  • Faculty Mentor of the Month (UROP) October 2019.
  • Keynote Speaker at FUSIONCon 2019, organized by student engineering organization, FUSION at UCI.
  • Member of Ad Hoc Advising Committee @ UCI 2018
  • Hosted Spring 2018 Engineering Alumni Panel w/ 3 alumni and over 60 undergraduates and Summer 2018 Ad Hoc Alumni Speaker Session from Extron Electronics.
  • Chair of CSE Steering Committee (2019-2020)
  • Vice-Chair of CSE Steering Committee (2018-2019)
  • CpE ABET Program Lead (2017-Present)
  • CSE ABET Program Co-Lead (2017-Present)
  • EECS Advising Sessions
    • Hosted 2018-2019 CSE Lower & Upper Division Advising Sessions for CSE
    • Co-hosted 2018-2019 EECS Freshmen Advising Sessions for CpE/EE
    • Co-hosted 2017-2018 EECS Freshmen, Junior, and Senior Advising Sessions for CpE/EE
  • Science Olympiad
    • Event Supervisor for Battery Buggy @ 2019 Regional Science Olympiad @ UC Irvine
    • Event Supervisor for Battery Buggy @ 2018 Regional Science Olympiad @ UC Irvine
  • Engineering high school outreach coordinating with Orangineers 2017-2018