, 831-459-4099

John Vesecky grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied Electrical Engineering at Rice University before attending graduate school at Stanford. His career in science, engineering and university education spans X-ray astronomy to remote sensing with HF radar and microwaves to renewable energy systems. He taught astronomy at the University of Leicester (UK) and went on to do teaching and research at Stanford, Michigan and now at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In the 1990’s Prof. Vesecky was selected as Sensor Team Leader for Vice-President Gore’s Environmental Task Force that identified classified data of environmental value and argued successfully for declassification. In 1999 he was selected as Founding Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department in the new Jack Baskin Engineering School at UC Santa Cruz. He has served as Chair or Associate Chair ever since, guiding the department to successful accreditation and growth. He is an IEEE Fellow.

John Vesecky

, 607-283-3133

Michael Isaacson was a member of the scientific staff in the Division of Biology at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and a member of the faculty of the Physics Department and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago and the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University before moving to UCSC in 2003. He is also Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems at UC Santa Cruz. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and is currently working on a text for Cambridge University Press entitled "Microscopic Nanocharacterization of Materials: Physics and Methodology". His research interests include the development of novel nanocharacterization tools using electron, photon and ion optics and the fabrication of nano/microdevices for biomedical applications. He is the Narinder Singh Kapany Professor of Optoelectronics Emeritus in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of CenSEPS. Isaacson received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. He was the co-recipient of the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, and the Distinguished Scientist Award, Physical Sciences and is an AAAS Fellow.

Michael S. Isaacson

, 831-459-2720

Patrick Mantey is Jack Baskin Professor of Computer Engineering, Director of CITRIS and Director, Information Technology Institute, at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Associate Dean for Industry Programs in the Baskin School of Engineering. His research and publications are in the areas of digital signal processing, sensor systems and networks, measurement databases, real-time monitoring and control, image and multimedia systems, geographic information systems, image processing, document systems and decision support systems. Prior to joining the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1984, he was a senior manager at IBM (Almaden) Research.Earlier at IBM Research, he was on the team for a major research study of electric power systems operations, management and reliability, where hiscontributions included system architecture for reliability, new methods for dynamic control of generation and line flows, and tools and algorithms for distribution system monitoring and protective relaying.He received his B.S. from University Notre Dame, M.S. from University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering,Heis a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and a Fellow of the IEEE

Patrick Mantey

, 831-251-4691

Kenneth Pedrotti is currently the chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Baskin School of Engineering at University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his BS in Engineering Physics from University of California Berkeley in 1978. He received his MS in electrical engineering specializing in quantum electronics, in 1979 and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, from Stanford University working at the Ginzton Laboratory on problems in non-linear optics and atomic physics.

Dr. Pedrotti joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Sept. 2000. His current projects include, sensor interfaces for data array sensing and processing, low power VLSI clock distribution, low phase noise oscillators and next generation optical data storage systems He teaches courses in advanced analog integrated circuits, analog electronics, introduction to electronics, modern electronic technology and "how it works", semiconductor devices and optical fiber communications.

Ken Pedrotti

, 831-459-1073

Joel Kubby is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in the area of Renewable Energy Microgrids and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for adaptive optics in astronomy and microscopy. Prior to joining the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005, he was an Area Manager with the Wilson Center for Research and Technology and a Member of Technical Staff in the Webster Research Center in Rochester New York (1987-2005). Prior to Xerox he was at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill New Jersey working in the area of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). He is the co-chair of the SPIE Silicon Photonics conference and the MEMS Adaptive Optics conference.

Joel Kubby

, 831-459-4308

Katia Obraczka received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Southern California (USC). She is currently Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before joining UCSC, she held a reserach scientist position at USC's Information Sciences Institute and a research faculty appointment at USC's Computer Science Department. Her research interests include computer networks, more specifically, network protocol design and evaluation in wireline as well as wireless networks, distributed systems, and Internet information systems. She has been a PI and a co-PI in a number of projects sponsored by government agencies (NSF, DARPA, NASA) as well as industry. Dr. Obraczka has authored over 100 technical papers in journals and conferences.

Katia Obraczka

, 831-459-2370

Brad Smith is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research interests are in distributed systems and computer communications. His current work is in the areas of policy-based routing, formalizing trust in the context of a routing computation, object routing, and the application of these technologies to the improvement of the security and robustness of Internet-based systems.

Brad Smith

, 831-459-3526

Brent Haddad is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Integrated Water Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studies Fresh Water Policy and Economics, Renewable Energy Policy, and Environmental Policy.

He undertakes research on regional water planning, including technology adoption, risk calculation and allocation, and cost allocation. He has especially focused on policy and economics surrounding advanced water treatment technologies. His work is interdisciplinary and applied, and he collaborates with faculty and professional water managers across a wide range of disciplines.

Professor Haddad holds degrees in International Relations (BA and MA), Business Administration (Haas School MBA), and Energy and Resources (PhD).

Brent Haddad

Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Lipschutz received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He has been a faculty member at UCSC since 1990.

Lipschutz conducts research in and writes on a range of topics related to global political economy, including U.S. global economic and military policy and strategy, changing conceptions and practices of security, changing forms of war, global governance, global civil society and corporate social responsibility, environmental politics, and political economy and popular culture. His most recent books are Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), The Constitution of Imperium (Paradigm, 2008) and Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for the Rest of Us? (Routledge, 2005) as well as a text co-authored with Mary Ann Tétreault, Global Politics as if People Mattered (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, 2nd ed.). He is editor of Civil Societies and Social Movements (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor (with K. Ravi Raman) Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparative Critiques (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and (with Gabriela Kütting) of Global Environmental Governance—Power and Knowledge in a Local-Global World (Routledge, 2009). He is also author of, among other volumes, Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives and Practice (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004), After Authority—War, Peace and Global Politics in the 21st Century (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000) Cold War Fantasies—Film, Fiction and Foreign Policy (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Politics (SUNY Press, 1996), and editor or co-editor of several other books.

Ronnie D. Lipschutz

, 831-459-4782

Stephen Petersen is a professor of Electrical Engineering with years of experience in the field. He has attended the annual conference in Minnesota on Power, bringing back with him vital information on ways to improve our current cirriculum.


Ricardo Sanfelice, 831-459-1016

Ricardo Sanfelice is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz. He received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001. He joined the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2004 and 2007, respectively. During 2007 and 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He visited the Centre Automatique et Systemes at the Ecole de Mines de Paris for four months. From 2009 to 2014, he was Assistant Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona, where he was also affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Program in Applied Mathematics.

He is the recipient of the 2013 SIAM Control and Systems Theory Prize, the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the Air Force Young Investigator Research Award (YIP), the 2010 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, and the 2012 STAR Higher Education Award for his contributions to STEM education. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and was an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow in 2010 and 2011. His research interests are in modeling, stability, robust control, observer design, and simulation of nonlinear and hybrid systems with applications to power systems, aerospace, and biology.


Ricardo Sanfelice

Dejan Milutinović, 831-459-3831

Dejan Milutinovićis an associate professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz. He earned Dipl.-Ing (1995) and Magister's (1999) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering (2004) from Instituto
Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal. From 1995 to 2000 he worked as a research engineer in the Automation and Control Division of Mihajlo Pupin Institute, Belgrade, Serbia. He held postdoctoral fellow positions in immunology for four years, followed by one year in the area of robotics at Utrecht University, the
Netherlands, and Duke University, NC. His doctoral thesis was the first runner-up for the best PhD thesis of European Robotics in 2004 by EURON. He won the NRC award of the US Academies in 2008 and the Hellman Fellowship in 2012. In his career, Dr. Milutinović worked on an energy management system (EMS) for
water supply plants for several Serbian cities (Rzav-Arilje), automatic generation control (AGC) for the power system of Serbia, digital control designs and biomedical data analysis. Recently, he has been involved in the optimization of airport ramp area traffic with NASA Ames. His research interests are in the area of modeling and control of stochastic dynamical systems applied to robotics, air-traffic, power systems and biomedical applications. Dejan Milutinović is the first author of the research monograph “Cells and Robots”, Springer, 2007, and the co-editor of the volume “Redundancy in Robot Manipulators and Multi-Robot Systems”, Springer, 2013. He is an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control.

Dejean Milutinovic

John Musacchio, 831-459-1385

John Musacchio is an associate professor with the Baskin School of Engineering's Department of Technology Management at the University of California Santa Cruz. Professor Musacchio’s main research interest is in game theory applied to problems in engineering, including problems in the economics and security of communication networks. Professor Musacchio completed his PhD in Jan 2005 from the Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

John Musacchio
Yihsu Chen 831-502-7184
 Yihsu Chen is an associate professor with the Baskin School of Engineering's Department of Technology Management at the University of California Santa Cruz. He received his master degree and Ph.D. degree from Harvard University and The Johns Hopkins University, respectively.  Prior to joining the University of California Santa Cruz in 2015, he was on the faculty of University of California Merced during 2006-2015. Professor Yihsu Chen is also an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2012- ) and ASCE Journal of Energy Engineering (2011-) and has co-edited a few special issues in Journal of Energy Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.  


Professor Yihsu Chen’s main research interest focuses on sustainability issues in the energy sector, transportation infrastructure and water resources, including impacts of emerging technologies and public policies on resource uses. His work has received several INFORMS ENRE (Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment) awards: 2004 best student paper (first place) and best publication in sustainability in 2013 (second place) and 2014 (first place). His work typically is policy relevant. In particular, his work on emission trading policies has received considerable attention and also directly contributed to policy debates of the European ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme), RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives), and California AB32.





Dr. Ali Adabi
Research Associate


Ali Adabi


Ali Adabi is a lecturer at UCSC, he holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UCSC, and a B.S. degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ali has four years of teaching experience at UCSC working with 100s of students.


As a lecturer at University of California Santa Cruz, he teaches the senior design class CMPE129C. He has broad knowledge across different areas of electrical engineering and computer science. He is a Founder at a start up and is very passionate about doing applicable research in systems that could benefit the society and that is why he joined CITRIS. His PhD project SEADS has recently won the Tech Crunch SF and NSF award. He also has industry experience and worked at Intel, Tivo, and PlayStation.

 Ali Adabi