Jeffrey R. Peters

Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Santa Barbara






Short Bio

Jeffrey R. Peters is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), working under the guidance of Francesco Bullo. His research focuses mainly on the development, analysis, and implementation of coordination strategies for use in multi-agent systems, with a focus on human supervisory control and human-centered systems. He also has broad interests in optimization, applied mathematics, human factors, and mathematical psychology. Jeff received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCSB in 2013, and his M.A. in Applied Mathematics from UCSB in 2015. He is also affiliated with the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC), and was the recipient of the CCDC Outstanding Scholar fellowship in 2011.

Academic Profile


UCSB Seal University of California, Santa Barbara
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., 2017; M.S., 2013;
UCSB Seal University of California, Santa Barbara
Applied Mathematics
M.A., 2015;
UIUC Seal University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Mechanical Engineering
B.S., 2011;

Research Partners

UCSB Psych UCSB Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Vision and Image Understanding Lab
UTRC United Technologies Research Center
Systems Department
amrdec Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
Aeroflightdynamics Directorate

More About Me

I grew up in Gurnee, IL, a suburb located about 40 miles North of Chicago, where I attended Warren Township High School. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), along with a minor in Mathematics. While attending UIUC, I spent two summers working at John Deere: the first with the agricultural division in Waterloo, IA, and the second with the construction and forestry division in Davenport, IA. After graduating undergrad, I moved to California to pursue my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) under the guidance of my research advisor, Prof. Francesco Bullo. While pursuing my PhD, I received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 and an M.A. in Applied Mathematics in 2015. During graduate school, I also spent time in Hartford, CT, working with the systems department at United Technologies Research Center. In my spare time, I enjoy bowling, traveling, and watching Chicago sports (Go Cubbies!).