Mahmut Reyhanoglu received the Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1992. He is currently a Professor of Engineering Physics at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida. His major research interests are in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, controls, and robotics, with particular emphasis on application to mechanical and aerospace systems. Dr. Reyhanoglu served on the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Editorial Board as an Associate Editor from 2001 to 2007, on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board as an Associate Editor from 1996 to 2001, and on AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee as a member from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Reyhanoglu has a very extensive research background which makes use of advanced mathematical techniques and mathematical models that arise from fundamental physical principles. In his previous research work, he has established a theoretical framework for a class of inherently nonlinear engineering control problems using tools from differential geometric control theory. He has applied his new results to problems involving the control of constrained mechanical systems such as wheeled mobile vehicles. He has also applied these results to reorientation of space multibody systems and to attitude control of rigid spacecraft. This work has resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers. Dr. Reyhanoglu has directed his current research efforts on the control of underactuated mechanical systems, which presents a very promising avenue of research. He already has developed important theoretical results for the control of a class of underactuated mechanical systems including flexible robotic manipulators, autonomous marine vehicles, and space vehicles. These results are not only important contributions to nonlinear control theory but also to applications and have resulted in several scholarly research papers published recently.
Biography Updated on 10 November 2010