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Maziar S. Hemati
Assistant Professor

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Office: 117C Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-625-6857
E-mail: mhemati (at)

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Professor Hemati 's research program is aimed at gaining an improved understanding of the various mechanisms required to achieve reliable fluid flow sensing and control in the context of human-engineered systems. Broadly speaking, his research program encompasses the fields of modeling, optimization, and systems and control. Professor Hemati's ultimate goal is to innovate at the intersection of these disciplines, especially in the context of machine-fluid interaction. His near-term research is guided by applications in autonomous systems, energy, and the environment. The practical problems he plans to address in the near future are (1) real-time model-based control of agile flyers, (2) gait optimization and hydrodynamic perception for robotic swimmers, and (3) bio-inspired control and coordination in wind turbine arrays.


B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013


2015 - current: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2013 - 2015: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
2007 - 2013: Graduate Researcher, UCLA Simulations of Flow Physics and Acoustics Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles
2007 - 2011: Advanced Algorithms Engineer, SySense, Inc., El Segundo, CA
June-Sept 2007: Associate Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA
2005 - 2007: Undergraduate Researcher, UCLA Complex Fluids and Interfacial Physics Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles
June-Sept 2005, June-Sept 2006: Associate Engineer, Northrop Gruman Marine Systems, Sunnyvale, CA
2004 - 2005: Undergraduate Researcher, UCLA Multiscale Thermosciences Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles

Five Recent Publications

  • M.S. Hemati, C.W. Rowley, E.A. Deem, and L.N. Cattafesta, 2017, De-Biasing the Dynamic Mode Decomposition for Applied Koopman Spectral Analysis of Noisy Datasets, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, p. 1-20, (Journal Article) More Details
  • M.S. Hemati, S.T.M. Dawson, and C.W. Rowley, 2017, Parameter-Varying Aerodynamics Models for Aggressive Pitching-Response Prediction, AIAA Journal, Vol. 55, No. 3, (Journal Article) More Details
  • M.S. Hemati, M.O. Williams, and C.W. Rowley, 2014, Dynamic Mode Decomposition for Large and Streaming Datasets, Physics of Fluids, vol. 26, 111701, (Journal Article) More Details
  • M.S. Hemati, J.D. Eldredge, and J.L. Speyer, 2014, Improving Vortex Models via Optimal Control Theory, Journal of Fluids and Strucutres, vol. 49, pp. 91-111, (Journal Article) More Details
  • M.S. Hemati, J.D. Eldredge, and J.L. Speyer, 2014, Wake Sensing for Aircraft Formation Flight, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 513-524, (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

Princeton University Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, Writing in Science and Engineering, 2014-2015
UCLA Outstanding Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2012-2013
UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-2013
UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering First Year Departmental Fellowship, 2007-2008
UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Mason Scholar, 2006-2007

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 4303W -- Flight Dynamics and Control
EE 5231 -- Linear Systems and Optimal Control
AEM 5321 -- Modern Feedback Control
AEM 8400 -- Research Seminar in Dynamics and Controls

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