Brett Bethke

Hertz Fellow: Brett Bethke

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Aerospace Engineering; Autonomy

Fellowship Years

2005 - 2010

Brett Bethke is chief technology officer at Feder Aerospace, a startup company that is developing sensor analysis and autonomy software for unmanned aerial systems.

Brett graduated from MIT in 2005 with degrees in aerospace engineering and physics. His thesis developed new algorithms for solving planning problems under uncertainty and applied those algorithms to several multi-agent unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) problems. While at MIT, Brett received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship; the Henry Webb Salisbury Award for superior multidisciplinary academic achievements in the MIT aero/astro department; the General James H. Doolittle Scholarship; the Wings Club National Scholarship; the Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship, and won first place in the MIT Mobile Autonomous Systems Lab robotics competition.

Outside of work, Brett enjoys playing the piano, flying, running, and soccer.


2010 - Kernel-Based Approximate Dynamic Programming Using Bellman Residual Elimination