Hi! I’m a PhD student in the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Dr. Vijay Kumar. I also completed my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Robotics here at Penn.


My research interests lie in planning and control for complex mechanical systems, with a particular focus on underactuated systems. Currently, I am working with aerial manipulators, seeking to create flying robots that can interact richly with the physical world around them, just like their incredible counterparts in nature.


I’m passionate about protecting the natural world that is our miraculous home, working towards a day where all people can live with dignity and equality, and furthering our collective understanding of the world for the benefit of all.


Curriculum Vitae (last updated January 2022)

find me at jwelde [at] seas.upenn.edu