About the instructor: From Milton MA, Paul did his undergraduate work at Tufts University and his mechanical engineering graduate work (Ph.D) at Stanford under Thomas Kane.
Paul worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, NASA Ames, and MSC.Software, was a consulting editor for McGraw-Hill (mechanics), and has been a consultant for the software, robotics, biotechnology, energy, and mechanical/aerospace industries.
Early in his career, he developed force/motion software used by more than 12 million people worldwide and translated into 11 spoken languages. These software applications include Interactive Physics, Working Model 2D/3D, MSC.visualNastran 4D (now SimWise), NIH Simbody/OpenSim, and the symbolic manipulators Autolev/MotionGenesis.
Paul currently works on Drake, open-source software developed by TRI (Toyota Research Institute) to simulate robots and autonomous vehicles. In his role as Lead TRI/Stanford Liaison for SAIL (Toyota's Center for AI Research at Stanford), he facilitates collaboration with 19 projects having $20 million of funding between TRI and Stanford.
At Stanford, Paul greatly enjoys working with students and teaches mechanics (physics, statics/intro to solid mechanics, dynamics, strength of materials), controls/vibrations, and advanced dynamics & computation/simulation. He has written several books on dynamics, computation, and control (adopted broadly by universities and professionals).