Govind M Chari


I am a PhD student in the Autonomous Controls Lab at the University of Washington advised by Professor Behçet Açıkmeşe. My interests are high-speed optimization and its applications, especially online trajectory optimization.

I graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in three years with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and received the Sibley Prize, which is awarded to the graduating mechanical engineering student with the highest cumulative GPA. I have completed three internships at SpaceX: Network Topology for Starlink, Guidance, Navigation, and Controls for Dragon, and Propulsion Analysis for Raptor.

I will be interning on the Guidance, Navigation, and Control team at Anduril during the summer of 2024 and will be interning with Dr. Arvind Raghunathan at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs during the fall of 2024 where I will be researching optimization algorithms.