Dan Prendergast
PhD Student
Computer Science

Dan is a second-year PhD student in computer science. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in international relations from American Military University. Dan spent nine years in the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot and forward air controller. After leaving active duty, he spent four years as a systems engineer working on the Ground Control Station for Predator/Reaper unmanned aircraft.  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. Advised by Dan Szafir, currently he is investigating human-robot interaction using natural language. He lives in Denver with his wife, Anne, and baby girl, Merritt.