Langley Researcher Receives Control Engineering Practice Award
Suresh Joshi, Dynamic Systems and Control Branch, received the American Automatic Control Council’s (AACC) prestigious 2009 Control Engineering Practice (CEP) award at a ceremony of the American Control Conference in St. Louis, Mo., on June 11th. The AACC is a federation of eight member societies, which have a strong interest in control theory and applications.
The CEP award is a major national award in the field of control systems engineering, and is given to one individual or one team selected from those nominated for significant contribution to the advancement of control practice. The primary criterion for selection is the application and implementation of innovative control concepts, methodology, and technology, for the planning, design, manufacture, and operation of control systems, and the achievement and usefulness is evidenced by the benefit to society and by the degree of acceptance by those who use control as a tool. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium.
Joshi received his bachelor's and master's degrees from India and his PhD in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Prior to joining NASA Langley Research Center in 1983, he worked at LaRC as a NRC postdoctoral research associate (1973-75) and then as a research professor with Old Dominion University.
His main research interests have been various aspects of multivariable control theory and design with applications to advanced aerospace vehicles and systems. Some of his research contributions include: novel decoupled control laws for space-based high-precision pointing systems; fundamental theory and design methods for robust attitude control and vibration suppression for flexible spacecraft; control methods for robustly stable closed-loop maneuvering of nonlinear multibody flexible spacecraft; control of dynamic systems in the presence of actuator and sensor nonlinearities; active noise control methods; and more recently, adaptive control methods for dynamic systems in the presence of anomalies and failures with application to aircraft. He also served as a key technical leader in NASA’s Control-Structure Interaction (CSI) program, which incorporated his control design methods to produce an integrated control-structure design methodology for optimal spacecraft design.
Joshi is the author/coauthor of more than 200 publications including three books in control engineering and aerospace applications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the AIAA, the ASME and a recipient of the IEEE Control System Technology Award, the IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award, the ASME-DSCD Charles S. Draper Innovative Practice Award, and the IEEE Region 3 (Southeastern US) Outstanding Engineer Award. He is also an amateur cartoonist and contributed the “Out of Control” cartoons to the IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1985 until 1994.