March 12, 2021 – Postdoctoral researcher Ervin Kamenar joins the Mezić Group!

Ervin joins the Mezić research group as a Fulbright visiting scholar from the University of Rijeka (UNIRI), Faculty of Engineering, Croatia where he works in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Building upon the previous collaboration between UNIRI and UCSB research groups (developing Koopman-based control for nanometric positioning devices), Ervin will be working on the design, modeling, and control of a pneumatic soft robot arm by using Koopman operator methods.

The Fulbright program is one of the United States Cultural Exchange Programs which enables citizens of different countries to receive scholarships and grants to study, conduct research and/or teach in the U.S. (as well as for U.S. citizens to research or study abroad). Founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, the Fulbright program provides around 8,000 grants annually (of which around 10% are dedicated for foreign visiting scholars) and is considered to be one of the most widely recognized scholarships in the world.