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Suresh M. Joshi

For outstanding contributions to control systems analysis and synthesis methodologies for advanced aerospace vehicles and systems

Suresh M. Joshi is Senior Scientist for Control Theory at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. He received his BS and MS degrees from India (Banaras University and IIT-Kanpur) and his PhD in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (1973).

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 dissipativity-based robust control design methods to produce an integrated control-structure design methodology for optimal spacecraft design. In addition to control systems, his technical interests also include digital signal processing, digital communications, target tracking, and active control of noise.

Joshi is the author/coauthor of over 200 publications including 3 books in control engineering and aerospace applications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (1993), the AIAA (1994), and the ASME (1998), and a recipient of the IEEE Control System Technology Award (1995), IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award (2003), ASME-DSCD Charles S. Draper Innovative Practice Award (2006), and IEEE Region 3 (Southeastern US) Outstanding Engineer Award (2007). He is also an amateur cartoonist and contributed the “Out of Control” cartoons to the IEEE Control Systems Magazine form 1985 until 1994.