Myself at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA [2 August 2013]

Hello! My name is Sean. I am a robotics enthusiast with a passion for learning. I am received my Bachelor's of Science in Engineering and Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and am originally from Maple Valley, Washington. I grew up in rainy Seattle, went down to California to "play in the Mudd", and am now pursuing my PhD in snowy Michigan! 

I have set this site up to document some of my projects, my studies, and to showcase my work. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

smess [at] umich [dot] edu

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Favorite Songs [Bands/Artists]

  • On Top of the World [Imagine Dragons]
  • Northern Lights [Basshunter]
  • Turning Away [Celtic Thunder]
  • Pursuit of Happiness [Kid Cudi]
  • From Paris to Berlin [Pitbull]
  • The Rhythm of the Night [Cascada]
  • Colours of the Rainbow [ItaloBrothers]
  • Wake Me Up [Avicii]

Favorite TV Shows

  • Psych
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis
  • Leverage
  • White Collar
  • Serenity
  • Eureka
  • Suits
  • Burn Notice
  • Castle
  • Game of Thrones
  • Star Trek

Favorite Movies

  • The Matrix
  • Red 2
  • Despicable Me (1 & 2)
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Master and Commander
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Star Wars



  • “Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” --Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  • "To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead." --William Hazlitt
  • “A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.” --General Douglas MacArthur
  • "Seek first to understand, then to be understood..." --Steven Covey
  • “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland
  • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle
  • "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." --Albert Einstein
  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." --Albert Einstein
  • "As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honour and praise. The next, the people fear, and the next the people hate. When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'we did it ourselves!' " --Lao Tzu
  • "...the dreams of yesterday become the hopes of today and the realities of tomorrow." --Robert Goddard
  • "People with humility don't think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less." --Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale
  • "The most simple but powerful understanding of all is that every successful and happy 'me' is dependent upon the establishment of an operationally sound, effective, and successful 'us.'" --James Musgrave and Michael Anniss
  • "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." --Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people." --Paulo Freire
  • "...not because they are easy, but that they are hard." --JFK
  • "Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just." --Blaise Pascal
  • "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do." --Voltaire
  • "If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were." --Khalil Gibran
  • “The effort spent on increasing the performance of a subsystem is wasted unless the subsystem affects a large percentage of overall performance.” --Amdahl’s Law
  • “Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.” --Elbert Hubbard
  • "A good person doesn't do things for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done something worthwhile and in a worthy manner." --Epictetus
  • "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." --Elizabeth Andrew