Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Demoz Gebre-Egziabher

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Office: 220 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-624-2305
E-mail: gebre (at)

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Professor Gebre-Egziabher’s area of research is in navigation, guidance and control of aerospace vehicles. A particular focus of his research is the application of estimation theory to the development of algorithms and design methodologies to optimally fuse the information from multiple sensors and systems. One of the challenges encountered when dealing with such problems for aerospace applications or other safety and liability critical operations is being able to precisely quantify (in statistical terms) the level of reliability of the algorithms and systems. Example of engineering application of his work are in the development of attitude determination systems for satellites, high accuracy navigation of aircraft and evaluating operations of small autonomous aerial vehicles in the national airspace system.


B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1990
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The George Washington University, D.C., 1996
Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, 2002


2014–Present: Associate Professor,Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2008– Present: Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2002 – Present: Affiliate Faculty Member (Graduate Advising), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
1996 – 2002: Research Staff and Graduate Research Assistant, Global Positioning System Laboratory, Stanford University
1990 – 1996: System Engineer, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Five Recent Publications

  • Z.Li, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2013, Performance Analysis of a Civilian GPS Position Authentication System, Journal of the Institute of Navigation , Vol. 60, No. 4, pp 249-265, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Y.Ketema, D.Gebre-Egziabher, M.Schwartz, C.Matthews, R.Kirker, 2013, Use of Gait Kinematics in Sensor-based Gait Monitoring - A Feasibility Study, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 81, No. 4, (Journal Article) More Details
  • F.A.P.Lie, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2013, Synthetic Airdata System, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp 1234-1249, (Journal Article) More Details
  • S.Bahattacharyya, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2010, Development and Validation of a Parametric Model for Vector Tracking Loops, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp 275-295, (Journal Article) More Details
  • D.Gebre-Egziabher, Y.Shao, 2010, Model for SRGPS Flexure and Attitude Error Allocation, IEEE Transaction on Aerospace Electronic Systems, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp 483-495, (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

Samuel M. Burka Award, Institute of Navigation (ION) (2015)
Associate Fellow, AIAA/American Inst. of Aeronautics & Astronautics (2014)
ONR, Sr Faculty Fellow, US Navy Research (2012-2013)
ONR, Faculty Fellow, US Navy Research (2009-2011)
George W. Taylor Career Development Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (2006-2008)

Current Courses

AEM 8400 -- Research Seminar in Dynamics and Controls

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 2012 -- Dynamics
AEM 2301 -- Mechanics of Flight
AEM 4371 -- Helicopter Aerodynamics
AEM 4441 -- Structural Dynamics
EE 5231 -- Linear Systems and Optimal Control
AEM 5321 -- Modern Feedback Control
AEM 5431 -- Trajectory Optimization
AEM 5495 -- Topics in Aerospace Systems
AEM 8000 -- Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
AEM 8426 -- Optimization and System Sciences
AEM 8431 -- Trajectory Optimization
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
Curriculum Vitae

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