Sanjay Joshi is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis, where he directs the Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Controls Laboratory. Dr. Joshi received a BS from Cornell University in 1990, and MS/PhD from UCLA in 1992/1996, all in Electrical Engineering. After his doctoral work, he became a member of the technical staff at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California working on control systems and robotics. After joining academia, he began applying robotics and controls to the study of behavior, cognition, and human-machine interfaces for people with movement disabilities. In 2010-2011, he was Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia University Medical School, New York City in the Department of Neurology.


  • 2016-Present UC Davis, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 2008-2016 UC Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 2010-2011 Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
  • 2001-2008 UC Davis, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
  • 2000-2001 Harvey Mudd College, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering
  • 1996-2000 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Member of Technical Staff, Control Analysis Group


  • 1996 UCLA, PhD in Electrical Engineering, Major in Control Systems
  • 1992 UCLA, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • 1990 Cornell University, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

University Affiliations:

  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Graduate Group Faculty, Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Group Faculty, Computer Science
  • Graduate Group Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professional Affiliations:

  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Senior Member, AIAA
  • Member, Society for Neuroscience

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