Sonia Martínez

Jacobs Faculty Scholar
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Currently Advised Students

Postdoctoral Students

PhD Students
  • Benjamin Hwang (PhD Student, MAE - UCSD, co-advised with Prof. Cortes)
  • Neilabh Banzal (PhD Student, MAE - UCSD, co-advised with Prof. Cortes)
  • Nirabhra Mandal (PhD Student, MAE - UCSD)
  • Jun Xiang (PhD Student, SDSU - UCSD joint student, co-advised with Prof. Chen)
  • Scott Brown (PhD Student, MAE UCSD)
  • Parth Paritosh (MAE PhD UCSD, co-advised with Prof. Atanasov)
  • Pengcheng Wu (PhD Student, SDSU - UCSD joint student, co-advised with Prof. Chen)

MS Students
  • Shantanu Shukla (MS Thesis Student, MAE - UCSD, Fall 2023 - present)
  • Sudhanshu Shankar (MS Thesis Student, MAE - UCSD, Winter 2023 - present)

Previously Advised Students

Postdoctoral Students
  • Shenyu Liu (Postdoctoral student, MAE UCSD, 2020 - 2022, now Professor at BIT)
  • Dimitris Boskos (Postdoctoral Student, MAE UCSD, now assistant professor at Delft University of Technology)
  • Dariush Fooladivanda (Postdoctoral Student, MAE UCSD, 2018-2019 )
  • Chin-Yao Chang (Postdoctoral Student, MAE UCSD, 2017-2018, now a Senior Engineer at NREL)
  • Mike Ouimet, previous website: (Postdoctoral student 2014-2015, now staff software engineer at Singular Genomics)
  • Solmaz Sajjadi Kia, website: (UC President postdoctoral student, 2012-2014, now associate professor at UC Irvine)
  • Yu Ru (Postdoctoral Student, 2010-2012 MAE UCSD, now a senior engineer at General Electric, Shanghai, China)

PhD students
  • Paul Lathrop (MAE PhD Student, 2019 - 2023)
  • Aamodh Suresh (MAE PhD Student, 2016 - 2022, now Postdoctoral Fellow at the Devcom ARL)
  • Dan Li (MAE PhD Student, 2016 - 2021, now at Rockwell Automation)
  • Vishaal Krishnan (MAE PhD Student, 2014 - 2019, now postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Lund University)
  • Tor Anderson (MAE PhD Student, 2015 - 2020, now at ASML)
  • Beth Boardman (PhD Student and LANL Intern, MAE UCSD, 2012-2017, now Senior Engineer at LANL)
  • Evan Gravelle (PhD Student, MAE UCSD, 2012-2017, now Senior Autonomy Engineer at Shield A.I.)
  • Eduardo José Ramírez-Llanos (PhD Student, MAE UCSD, 2012-2017, now Senior Algorithm Research Engineer at Continental AG)
  • Andrés Iván Cortés (PhD Student, 2011-2014, now at Fluence Energy)
  • Hamed Shisheh Foroush (PhD Student, 2010-2014, MAE UCSD)
  • Minghui Zhu (PhD Student, 2007-2011 MAE UCSD, now an Associate Professor at Penn State University)
  • Andrew Kwok (PhD Student, 2006-2011, MAE UCSD)
  • Sara Susca (PhD student, coadvised with Francesco Bullo during 2004-2006).
    Now a senior engineer at JPL Robotics Division

MS students
  • Brandon Bao (MS Thesis Student, MAE UCSD, 2021-2023, now part of the Engineering staff at LLNL)
  • Tianmu Wang (MS Student, MAE - UCSD, 2022 - 2023)
  • Yunhai Han (MS Thesis Student, MAE UCSD, 2020-2021, now doing his PhD at Georgia Tech)
  • Jack Messerly (MS student, 2019-2020 ECE UCSD, now at Qualcomm)
  • Simon Hu (MS student, 2019-2020 ECE UCSD, now intern at In-Q-Tel)
  • Yasuhiro Todoya (MS Thesis Student, 2019-2020 MAE UCSD, Senior Engineer at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan)
  • John Davis (MS Thesis Student, 2019-2020 MAE UCSD, now graduate research assistant of Dr. Martin UCSD Med)
  • Javier Ruiz (MS Thesis Student and LANL Intern, MAE UCSD, now at LANL)
  • Jonathan Hetchbauer (MS Thesis Student, University of Applied Sciences in Innsbruck, Austria, 2016)
  • Teymur Sadikhov (MS Student, 2008-2009, MAE UCSD, obtained his PhD
    at Georgia Tech)
  • Tianjia Chen (MS Thesis Student, 2011-2013, MAE UCSD)
  • Sulema Aranda (MS Thesis Student, 2003-2004, UIUC)

Visiting students and undergraduate interns (an outdated and quite an incomplete list)
  • Guillem Pascual, (Barcelona Tech undergraduate student visitor, co-advised with Prof. Gravish, Fall 2023 - present)
  • David Glukhov, (UCSD undergraduate student researcher, Winter 2021)
  • Sumega Mandadi (MAE UCSD undergraduate research student, summer 2015)
  • Randy Lewis (Regents Scholar undergraduate research student, summer 2013-2014)
  • Vu Dihn (UC LEADS undergraduate research student, summer 2013)
  • Caris Moses (STARS intern undergraduate research student, summer 2012)
  • Eduardo Montijano (PhD Visiting Student, March - July 2009, University of Zaragoza, Spain, now an Assistant Professor at the Centro Universitario de la Defensa, Zaragoza, Spain) Website:
  • Ambrish Patel (Undergraduate Research Student, 2009, UCSD, PhD from George Washington University)
  • John Nguyen (Undergraduate Student, Spring 2009, UCSD)