Dan Prendergast
Master’s Student, Mechanical Engineering

Dan is a second-year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering. He received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.A. in International Relations from American Military University. Dan spent 9 years in the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot and forward air controller. After leaving active duty, he spent 4 years as a systems engineer working on the Ground Control Station for Predator/Reaper unmanned aircraft at General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Finally, he managed contractor aviation operations overseas for the U.S. Army before returning to full-time study at CU Boulder in 2016.

Dan is interested in autonomous planning/execution, artificial intelligence, and human-robot teams. Currently, he is investigating hierarchical task network (HTN) planning for teams of multiple homogeneous robots. He was recently married, and Dan and his wife just celebrated the birth of a baby girl.