Ibrahima S. Sow


1723 Murray Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Hi! I’m a second-year graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering - Research program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and a Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) scholar. I am actively looking for full-time roles in Aerospace/Robotics/AI or any other interesting opportunities (bonus point for startups), so definitely reach out!

Advised by Pr. Zac Manchester and Pr. Howie Choset, my current research focuses on real-time optimization-based planning, control, and navigation for agile robots and autonomous spacecraft. Additionally, I work on guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), simulations, and flight software systems for CubeSats.

Previously, I graduated with a B.S. in Electromechanical Engineering from Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in 2022. My undergraduate research was centered on the development and testing of new sensors and actuators, and the subsequent control for minimally invasive endoscopic and surgical tools, as well as on local model-order reduction optimization for spacecraft reentry simulation.

I have interned at Space Applications Services as an Avionics and Embedded Systems Engineer Intern, primarily working on Ground Support Equipment (GSE), and at Redwire Space, as a Mechanical Engineer Intern, contributing to on-orbit space servicing systems.

My research interests encompass everything that moves: real-time trajectory optimization, motion planning, control, navigation, and leveraging ML techniques for high-performance autonomous systems, on Earth and beyond.

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selected publications

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    A Convex Formulation of the Soft-Capture Problem
    Ibrahima S. Sow, Geordan Gutow, Howie Choset, and Zachary Manchester
    accepted at IEEE International Conference on Space Robotics, 2024