Arnoldo Castro is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). At Georgia Tech, as a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, he carries out research in command generation for flexible systems. Flexible systems exhibit large amounts of vibration that undermine their performance and reliability but they are present everywhere, from micro scale devices to large industrial applications. Until very recently, the norm for manipulating flexible systems has been the use of closed loop controllers. However, in the last few years, a new emphasis has been placed on the use of open loop controls with specific input commands that help to reduce vibration, which allows faster and more accurate performance.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, Arnoldo earned a Bachelor’s and Licenciatura degrees in Mechanical Engineering, as well as an additional Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica. While at Georgia Tech, he is focused on identifying multi-disciplinary applications for his current research.