lucy pao
Professor in Computer & Energy Engineering

Lucy Pao is a Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering and a professor (by courtesy) in the aerospace engineering sciences department at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently (2015-2016) also a Fellow of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst and a Visiting Scholar at the ForWind Center for Wind Energy Research at Oldenburg University, Germany. She earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Her research has primarily been in the control systems area, with applications ranging from atomic force microscopy to disk drives to digital tape drives to megawatt wind turbines and wind farms. Selected recent honors include elevation to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2012, the 2012 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award (with K. Johnson), election to Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in 2013, and the 2015 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Journal on Control and Optimization Best Paper Prize (with J. Marden and H. P. Young).  Selected recent and current professional society activities include being General Chair for the 2013 American Control Conference, an IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Lecturer (2008-2014), a member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors (2011-2013 (elected) and 2015 (appointed)), Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (2009-present), IEEE CSS Fellow Nominations Chair (2016- ), member of the IFAC Fellow Selection Committee (2014-2017), and member of the International Program Committees for the 2016 Indian Control Conference, the 2016 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and the 2017 IFAC World Congress.