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GARY J. BALAS (Deceased November 12, 2014)
PROFESSOR & DEPARTMENT HEAD

612-625-8000 (612) 626-1558(fax) aem-dept@umn.edu

Gary J Balas

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CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

DARPA Software Enabled Control
NASA Langley  Aviation Safety Program
NASA Johnson X-38 CRV
NASA Dryden F-18 SRA

DEGREES

B.S., Civil and Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1982.
M.S., Civil and Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1984.
Ph.D., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1989.

EXPERIENCE
2006 - Present; Department Head
  Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics
            University of Minnesota
2001 - Present; Professor
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and
Control Science & Dynamical Systems Center
University of Minnesota
1996 - 2001; Associate Professor
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and
Control Science & Dynamical Systems Center
University of Minnesota
1995 - Present; Co-Director
Control Science and Dynamical Systems Program, University of Minnesota
1992 - 2004; Director of Graduate Studies
Control Science & Dynamical Systems Department, University of Minnesota
1990 - 1996; Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota
1990 - 1991; Visiting Research Fellow
Department of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
1984 - 1989; Research Assistant
California Institute of Technology
1987 - 1988; Teaching Assistant
California Institute of Technology
1984; Staff Engineer
H R Textron, Systems Group, Irvine, CA
1982 - 1984 Research & Teaching Assistant
University of California
1979-1984 Bachelor Fellowship Engineer
Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, CA

CONSULTING
MUSYN Inc.
Caterpillar International

FIVE RECENT PUBLICATIONS
G. Wolodkin, G.J. Balas and W.L. Garrard, "Application of Parameter-Dependent Robust Control Synthesis of Turbofan Engines," AIAA Journal of Guidance, Dynamics and Control, July, 1998.

I.J. Fiahlo and G.J. Balas, "Design of nonlinear controllers for active vehicle suspensions using parameter-varying control synthesis," Vehicle Systems Dynamics, October, 1997

I.J. Fialho, G.J. Balas, A.K. Packard, J. Renfrow, and C. Mullaney, "Gain-scheduled lateral control of the F-14 aircraft during powered aproach landing: a linear fractional approach," AIAA Journal of Guidance, Dynamics and Control, September, 1997.

C. van Etten, G.J. Balas and S. Bennani, "Linear parameter-varying integrated flight and structural mode control for a flexible aircraft," 1999 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control ConferencePortland, OR, August, 1999.

J. Shin, G.J. Balas and A.K. Packard, "Worst case analysis of the flight control system X-38 crew return vehicle," 1999 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference , Portland, OR, August, 1999.

J. Barker and G.J. Balas, "Flight control of a tailless aircraft via linear parameter-varying techniques," 1999 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference , Portland, OR, August, 1999.

SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
AIAA, IEEE


HONORS AND AWARDS
McKnight-land Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 1993-95
American Control Conference Best Paper Presentation in Session, 1989, 1990
NASA Graduate Student Fellowship, 1986-89
Donald Wills Douglas Fellowship in Aeronautics, 1986-87
Hughes Aircraft Company Graduate Student Fellowship, 1982-84
Hughes Aircraft Company Undergraduate Student Fellowship, 1980-82


SUBJECTS AND COURSES TAUGHT
Undergraduate
Dynamics of Systems and Structures (1990, 1997)
Dynamics (1990)
Deformable Body Mechanics (1991)
System Dynamics (1991, 1992, 1993)
Automatic Flight Control Systems (1993, 1994)
Dynamics and Control Laboratory (1993-1999)

Graduate
Modern Control Theory (1992, 1998-1999)
Computer Aided Control Design (1999)
Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Control (1999)
Seminar in Control and Dynamical Systems (1995-1999)
System Identification (1994)

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