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Mark Balas

Professor and Director of Center for Laser Applications

Biography

August 2017-Present Professor and Director of Center for Laser Applications, University of Tennessee Space Institute

2013-2017 Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department , Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

2004-2013 Professor and Department Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2006-present ABET Program Evaluator

1987-2004  Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder; jointly appointed with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics (Affiliated Faculty)

1986-1987  Professor, Electrical, Computer and Systems Department, Rensselaer, Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

1985-1986  Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1979-1985  Associate Professor, Electrical, Computer and Systems Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

1976-1978  Lecturer in Estimation and Control of Stochastic Processes, Aeronautics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Research

  • Control of Large-Scale and Distributed Parameter Systems
  • System Identification and Adaptive Control
  • Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods for Model Reduction, Controller Synthesis, and Stability Analysis
  • Mechanically Flexible Structures
  • Aero-elastic Modeling and Control for Aircraft Flight Systems
  • Nonlinear Estimation and Control for Rotating Electrical Machines
  • Wind Turbine Power Generation Dynamics and Control
  • Adaptive Control of Precision Optical Structures
  • Evolving Systems in Aerospace Applications
  • Adaptive Control of Infinite Dimensional Systems, including Time Delay Systems and Partial Differential Equations
  • Quantum Information Systems and Quantum Control

Education

BS  (1965)     University of Akron, Ohio, Electrical Engineering

MS  (1970)    University of Maryland, Mathematics

MS  (1974)    University of Denver, Colorado, Electrical Engineering: System Sensitivity and State Estimators

PhD  (1974)   University of Denver, Colorado, Applied Mathematics: Eigenvalue Behavior for Symmetric Elliptic Systems under Boundary Deformation


Awards and Recognitions

ASME Fellow 2015

Guthrie Nicholson Endowed Professorship, 2009-2013

AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Award for Best Conference Paper of 2006:

IEEE Fellow 2006

Air Force Research Laboratory DOT-Ultralite Team Award, 2003

AIAA Fellow 2001

The Max Peters Faculty Service Award, School of Engineering, 2000

AIAA Associate Fellow, 1999- 2001

Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year 1991-92

NASA Certificate of Recognition for Tech Brief: "Robust Adaptive Control in Hilbert Space"; 1989

NASA Certificate of Recognition for Tech Brief: "Discrete-Time Model Reference Adaptive Control", 1989

 Listed in JANE's Who's Who in Aviation and Aerospace, U.S. Edition

Boettcher Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1973-1974


Publications

Books:

Modern Control of Large Wind Turbines

(M Balas, S. Frost, and A. Wright), Book under contract with Wiley Interscience 2012.

Control Theory for Finite and Infinite Dimensional Systems: A Unified Approach, Textbook in progress.

Editor:

Control Theory of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations, co-edited with A. Aziz and J. Wingate, Academic Press, 1977.

Journal Articles

Major Articles in Refereed Journals

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “Adaptive Control for Weakly Minimum Phase Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems in Hilbert Space Using a Zero Filter”, in Variational Analysis and Aerospace Applications: Mathematical Challenges for the Aerospace of the Future, Aldo Frediani, Bijan Mohammadi, Olivier Pironneau, Vittorio Cipolla, editors, Springer,2017.

Nailu Li, Mark J. Balas, Hua Yang, Wei Jiang, and Kaman T. Magar, “Numerical Investigation of Flapwise-Torsional Vibration Model of a Smart Section Blade with Microtab”, Shock and Vibration Volume 2015, Article ID 136026, 11 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/136026

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “Robust Adaptive Model Tracking for Distributed Parameter Control of Linear Infinite-dimensional Systems in Hilbert Space”, IEEE/CAA JOURNAL OF AUTOMATICA SINICA, VOL. 1, NO. 3, JULY 2014.

Kaman Thapa Magar, Mark J. Balas ,and Susan A. Frost, “Smooth Transitioning of Wind Turbine Operation Between Region II and Region III with Adaptive Disturbance Tracking Control”, Wind Engineering, 2014

Kaman Thapa Magar, Mark J. Balas, and Susan Frost, “Direct Adaptive Control for Individual Blade Pitch Control of Wind Turbines for Load Reduction”, Journal of Intelligent Materials, Systems and Structures, to appear 2014.

Nailu Li and Mark J. Balas, “Almost Strictly Positive Real and Direct Adaptive Control in Periodic Time-Varying System with Persistent Disturbances”, Asian Journal of Control, submitted 2014.

Nailu Li and Mark J. Balas, “Numerical Investigation of flapwise-torsional vibration model in wind turbine blade with microtab actuator”, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, submitted 2014.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “Sensor Blending for Direct Adaptive Control of Non-Minimum Phase Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems in Hilbert Space”, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2017 (accepted).

Alfonso Noriega, Mark Balas, and Richard Anderson, “Sensor Blending with an Application to Robust Direct Adaptive Control of a Non-minimum Phase Aircraft” (Invited) , AIAA SCITECH, Grapevine, TX, Jan 2017.

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “Normal Form for Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems in Hilbert Space and Its Role in Direct Adaptive Control of Distributed Parameter Systems”, AIAA SCITECH, Grapevine, TX, Jan 2017.

Andrew Painter, Nirmit Prabhakar, Richard Prazenica, and Mark BalasTrajectory Driven Adaptive Control of Autonomous UAVs with Disturbance Accommodation” AIAA SCITECH, Grapevine, TX, Jan 2017.

Ron Aditya, Mark Balas, David Doman, and Francisco Franquiz, “Multivariable Direct Adaptive Stability And Command Augmentation of an Air-Breathing Hypersonic Vehicle”, AIAA SCITECH, Grapevine, TX, Jan 2017.

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, Adaptive Control of Nonminimum Phase Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems via Sensor/Actuator Blending”, EuroGNC, Warsaw, Poland, April 2017 (accepted).

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “Adaptive Model Tracking Control for Weakly Minimum Phase Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems in Hilbert Space Using a Zero Filter”, Proceedings of AIAA SCITECH-GNC, 2016.

NaiLu Li and Mark Balas, “Adaptive flow control of rotating wind turbine blades based on the Beddoes-Leishman model using trailing-edge flaps”, Proceedings of AIAA SCITECH-GNC, 2016.

Na Wang, Alan Wright, and Mark Balas, “Disturbance-Accommodating Control-Based Individual Blade Pitch Control Design for Two-Bladed Turbines”, Proceedings of AIAA SCITECH-GNC, 2016.

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “A Zero Filter Augmentation for Robust Adaptive Control of Weakly Minimum Phase Finite-Dimensional Systems”, Proceedings of AIAA SCITECH-INFOTECH, 2016.

Mark Balas and Susan Frost, “Direct Adaptive Control for Persistent Disturbance Rejection in Linear Infinite Dimensional Systems”, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Boston, MA, July 2016.

 Ron Aditya, Mark Balas, and David Doman, “Direct Adaptive Stability and Command Augmentation of an Air-Breathing Hypersonic Vehicle”, Proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2016

 


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