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Sean Patrick Kragelund

Research Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Phone: (831) 656-1159


Sean Kragelund completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2016. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1995 and contributed to various commercial aircraft programs at Boeing before entering graduate school at the University of Washington (UW). At UW, Mr. Kragelund joined the Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Robotics) in 2002. After graduation, Mr. Kragelund worked on several underwater vehicle projects at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport Division before joining the NPS Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research in 2005. His research interests include optimal control and path planning for unmanned vehicle teams.
Other Experience
  • 2004 Systems Engineer, PMS-NSW, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC
  • 2002 - 2005 Electronics Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport, WA
  • 2001 - 2002 Research Assistant, Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1996 - 2000 Senior Specialist Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Seattle, WA
Research Interests
Optimal control
Path planning
Trajectory following
Collaborative heterogeneous vehicle teams


  • Alpha Sigma Nu (honorary society)
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Scholarship Recipient, Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART)
  • Tau Beta Pi