Dynamics and Controls
Dynamics & Controls research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science centers on several areas:
- Complex systems
- Control of structure-borne noise
- Fluid-structure interaction (aeroelasticity)
- Flutter suppression
- Noise and vibration suppression
- Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Examples of research projects include active control and closed-loop identification of flutter instability in typical section airfoil; active control of sound transmission, active control of low frequency modes in an aircraft fuselage; optimal collocated and multivariable hybrid active-passive vibration control design; approximate dynamic programming; reconfigurable control of aircraft; on-line learning in neural and Baysian networks; sensor planning for integrated surveillance systems; intelligent systems for criminal profiling; ensor modeling, data acquisition and management, and data fusion in the context of swarm robotics; and coordination and control of two robots handling a large structural object performing a series of intricate maneuvers in a confined work space.
Opportunities for Graduate Study
The departments offers an M.S./Ph.D. study track in mechanical engineering with a core in mechanics, dynamics and controls that encompasses dynamics, acoustics, intelligent systems, and robotic control and automation.
The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience. Students have the flexibility to specialize on topics of dynamics, acoustics, intelligent systems, and robotic control and automation relevant to preparation for an applied engineering career.