Claus Danielson


Physical Address

Room Room 401
Mechanical Engineering Building
Building # 122 on the UNM map

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Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Personal Website


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley 2014

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2005

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2003


Professor Danielson joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor in August 2020. He received his Doctorate in 2014 from the Model Predictive Control Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his masters and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Washington, respectively. He spent six years as a Principal Research Scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, MA. He was a member of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Scholar program and Summer Faculty Fellow program. He also worked for General Dynamics and Sequoia Technologies. His research interests are in motion planning, constrained control, and optimization. His specialty is developing methods for exploiting structure in large-scale or complex planning, control, and optimization problems. He has applied his research to a variety of fields include autonomous vehicles, robotics, spacecraft guidance and control, heating ventilation and air conditioning, energy storage networks, adaptive optics, atomic force microscopy, and cancer treatment.

Teaching Interests

  • Dynamics
  • Control

Research Interests

  • Optimal and Constrained Control
  • Machine Learning for Autonomy
  • Planning and Optimization