Recent news:

August 2022: David Copp presented seminars at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate.

July 2022: David Copp presented in the Energy Storage Analytics and Controls panel session at the 2022 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.

June 2022: Congratulations to Deniz Nikkhah for presenting our paper on STEM mentoring at the 2022 ASEE Annual Conference.

March 2022: David Copp was selected for the 2022 Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at AFRL-Space Vehicles.

October 2021: Our paper Optimal sizing of distributed energy resources for planning 100% renewable electric power systems was accepted for publication in Energy.

July 2021: Our paper Real-Time Estimation of Microgrid Inertia and Damping Constant was accepted for publication in IEEE Access.

July 2021: We presented two papers at the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.

May 2021: David Copp was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UCI.

March 2021: Our paper Programming, robotics, and control for high school students was published in ASEE Advances in Engineering Education.



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Brief Biography:

David Copp earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Arizona and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently an assistant professor of teaching in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Unviersity of California, Irvine. He worked on grid integration, analysis and control of grid-scale energy storage systems as a postdoc and then senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, during which time he was also an adjunct faculty member in electrical and computer engineering at the University of New Mexico. As a student, he spent a summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. His broad research interests include engineering education, as well as control and optimization of nonlinear and hybrid systems with applications to power and energy systems, multi-agent systems, robotics and biomedicine. He is a recipient of the Best PhD Thesis Award from UCSB's Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems, and Computation and is a recipient of a UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship.