Michael LiBretto


Michael graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, minoring in Electrical Engineering. During his undergraduate career he got involved in many student-run activities including but not limited to: student government, SAE Mini Baja, IGVC, and (tangentially) the AICHE Chem-E Car competition. At Georgia Institute of Technology he honed his skills in mathematics and control theory, resulting in his dissertation: “Stabilization of Mobile Manipulators.” In it, he provides a framework through which one can leverage posture-dependent passivity to apply simple task-space feedback control to flexible-base robots.

Academically, he is passionate about control theory and robotics, but he has also managed to lead a rich life outside of his studies. When not chugging through math or worshipping Matlab, he finds himself cooking or, more recently, making battle-vests and patches for the members of his community.

Topics of interest: robust control theory, robotics, sensor design, queer theory/history (gender and sexuality theory), food science, and horror literature.

Post graduation, Michael will move to Arlington, VA to work for a DARPA contractor in cyber security.

Hometown- Massapequa, NY

Currently- Arlington, VA


Stony Brook University, BE in Mechanical Engineering, 2012 – 2016

Georgia Institute of Technology, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2016 – 2021

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