I am a new assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy.  Some of my long-term research interests are:

  • Flight and swimming, gliding and parachuting, maneuvering and control; transitions through free surfaces, jumping, launching and landing, impact; agility, disturbance, turbulence; interactions between fluid flow and elastic structures, evolution, vertebrates, invertebrates
  • Biomechanics of fast movements, aerodynamics, and ballistics in plants
  • Modeling, numerical methods, and experimental measurements; biomechanics in the field and in extreme environments, deployable instrumentation for biomechanics and ecomechanics
  • Biology and engineering, bio-fluid dynamics and heat transfer in organisms, biologically-inspired design and control, optimization

Prior to my current position, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under Ty Hedrick.  I received my PhD in Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley finally under Robert Dudley (May, 2013).  I also received my MS in Mechanical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School, my MEng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Here is my blog from Antarctica

My CV is here: evangelista-cv

Click here to see work by colleagues who kindly acknowledged me; I think what they do is cool.

Prospective students, please contact me for confidential access to my fail blog and to some thoughts on mentorship, advisors, and academic culture  (actually the mentorship link was empty and was only placed here to track when a previous advisor was making false claims about me.)  Please see also this blog post about abusive advising by a previous advisor.