• Lucy Pao stands atop a wind turbine at NREL
  • A student in Behrouz Touri's group does calculations at a whiteboard

Control techniques are used whenever some quantity, such as speed, temperature or force, must be made to behave in some desirable way over time. Technological demands today impose extremely challenging and widely varying control problems. In the ECEE dynamics and controls group, research opportunities include developing controllers for aircraft, spacecraft, information storage systems, human-machine interfaces, manufacturing processes and power systems.

Jointly advised projects within or across departments are common, allowing students to tailor the theoretical and/or applications foci of their work to their interests. Several collaborations with local industry and government laboratories also give students access to state-of-the-art research equipment in a number of areas.