UPDATE: I obtained a Schmidt Science Fellowship and I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. I am hosted by Prof. Naomi Leonard in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and I hold an affiliation with the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning as well. My new email address is arbelaiz(at)princeton(dot)edu. I do not check my previous MIT email that often anymore.

For a summary of my Ph.D. work you can visit this spotlight feature from the MIT News; for more information about my Schmidt Science Fellowship, you can have a look at this video.

A new personal website will be announced here when ready; this one is not being updated anymore.


I completed my undergraduate (2014) and master (2016) studies in Industrial Engineering at the University of Navarra (Spain). I was honored with the National Award for Academic Excellence by the Government of Spain for my undergraduate studies. In September 2022, I obtained a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics at M.I.T., where I specialized in systems theory. My research advisors were Prof. Ali Jadbabaie and Prof. Anette E. Hosoi. My research revolved around the topic of optimal distributed control and estimation of spatially distributed systems. An application I am interested in is soft robotics. I am grateful to several companies and foundations that decided to sponsor my doctoral studies and research: Akamai Technologies, La Caixa Foundation, Google, the Rafael del Pino Foundation, McKinsey, and the Office for Graduate Education at MIT.

          Outside of my research, I enjoy science outreach, running, mentoring students, and I am committed to breaking down the barriers to entry which women encounter in S.T.E.M. fields, for which I collaborate with several organizations. If you have a career or research opportunity that you would like to share with me or if you want to know more about my background, feel free to email me.