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Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, & Director of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium

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


2017 – Present: Director, Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
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
2002 – 2008: Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, 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

  • J. Larsen and D. Gebre-Egziabher, 2017, Conservatism Assessment of Extreme Value Theory Overbounds, IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Y.Ketema, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, Experimentally Derived Kinetic Model for Sensor- Based Gait Monitoring, ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 138, No.1, (Journal Article) More Details
  • H.Mokhtarzadeh, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, Fusing Data with Unknown or Uncertain Level of Correlation, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, (Journal Article) More Details
  • H. Mokhtarzadeh and D. Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, Networked UAV Navigation in GNSS-Stressed or Denied Environments, IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Volume: 52, No. 5. pp. 2539 - 2553, (Journal Article) More Details
  • T. Layh and D. Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, Design for Graceful Degradation and Recovery from GNSS Interruptions, IEEE Aerospace Systems and Electronics Society Magazine, (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 (2015)
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)

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 2301 -- Mechanics of Flight
AEM 3100 -- Software Applications in AEM
AEM 3100 -- Software Applications in AEM
AEM 3101 -- Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering
AEM 4301 -- Orbital Mechanics
AEM 4303 -- Flight Dynamics and Control
AEM 4303W -- Flight Dynamics and Control
AEM 4305 -- Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
AEM 4495 -- Aerospace Systems Problems
EE 5251 -- Optimal Filtering and Estimation
AEM 5333 -- Design-to-Flight: Small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles
AEM 5401 -- Intermediate Dynamics
AEM 5451 -- Optimal Estimation
AEM 8000 -- Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8400 -- Research Seminar in Dynamics and Controls
AEM 8442 -- Navigation and Guidance Systems
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls

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