Dr. Mrinal Kumar is an associate professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at OSU. He received a Ph.D. in 2009 from Texas A
&M University and a Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, both in aerospace engineering. From 2010-2016, he served as an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at University of Florida. In 2016, Dr. Kumar and his group moved to The Ohio State University, where he founded the Laboratory for Autonomy in Data-Driven and Complex Systems.
Research topics addressed by his group include nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems, Fokker‐Planck equations, Markov‐chain Monte Carlo methods, stochastic optimization and chance-constrained optimization and control. He received the Best Paper of Conference Award at the 2006 Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, the 2007 AIAA Open Topic Graduate Research Award, and more recently, the NSF CAREER Award in 2013 and the AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2015.