Academic Service










2012 - 2015





2013 - 2014

2012 - 2014

1992 - 1996

Google Brain, Mountain View, California
Senior Researcher

Waymo / Google X, Mountain View, California

Senior Research Robotics Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Senior Computer Science R&D Engineer

MDC, Southfield, Michigan
Business Analyst

Delphi, Troy, Michigan
Technical Lead

Edcor, Pontiac, Michigan
Software Engineer

A. Raymond, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Software Engineer

Silvercube, Inc., Rochester, Michigan
Internet Programmer

Honors and Awards



2017 - Present

2015 - 2017

2006 - 2015


2002 - 2004


2001 - 2002

2000 - 2001

Tom L. Popejoy Award, University of Mexico, the best doctoral dissertation in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science in the period 2011-2014 

Outstanding Graduate Student in Computer Science Award, University of New Mexico School of Engineering

Tech Fiesta Albuquerque, Tech Talent Showcase 3rd place, Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

Sandia National Laboratories Doctoral Studies Program Fellow

Young Scientist Fellow, Belgrade, Serbia

Ph.D. in Computer Science (with distinction), University of New Mexico,  Albuquerque, NM

GPA  4.00 / 4.00

  • Dissertation Title: “Reinforcement Learning and Planning for Preference Balancing Tasks," Advisor: Lydia Tapia  

Associate’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Master of Computer Science , University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

GPA 3.89 / 4.00 

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, concentration in Computer Science, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, GPA 3.82/4.00

Co-organizer - Becoming a Robot Guru Workshop 2 at RSS, Ann Arbor, MI

Workshop Program Committee Member - Robotics: Science and Systems, Ann Arbor, MI

Lead organizer of “Second Annual Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop,“ IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Hamburg, Germany

Co-organizer of “Becoming a Robot Guru, a workshop on boardening participation in robotics,“ IEEE International Conference on Robotics Automation (ICRA), Seattle, WA

Co-organizer of “Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop, “ IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Chicago, IL

International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)

Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR)

Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control

Reviewer for Robotica Journal

Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Robotics Automation (ICRA)

Aleksandra Faust, Ph.D.

Senior Research Robotics Engineer

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