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Missouri University of
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Rolla, MO 65409-1560
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Control Systems Forum Program Directors

 Dr. Douglas A. Bristow is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri S&T, Summa Cum Laude, in 2001.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D., also in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2007, respectively.  Dr. Bristow is the Director of the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, an industry consortium that currently includes eleven member companies.  He has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and his research interests include precision motion control, repetitive and iterative process control, atomic force microscopy, additive manufacturing process control, and volumetric error compensation in machine tools and robotics.  Dr. Bristow’s research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, America Makes, Boeing, and Automated Precision, Inc., with additional collaborations at Caterpillar, Optomec, Los Alamos National Lab, GE Power, and Lockheed Martin.  In 2016 he received the Faculty Teaching Award at Missouri S&T.  He has been an Associate Editor at the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control since 2015 and was previously an Associate Editor for Mechatronics from 2010-2016.

Dr. Tansel Yucelen is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems ( at the University of South Florida. He received the Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2012. Prior to joining the University of South Florida, he held Research Engineer positions in the School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from December 2011 to August 2013. He also held Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology from August 2013 to August 2016, where he created and directed the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory and the Control Systems Forum. He was a Summer Faculty Research Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace System Directorate in Dayton, Ohio, from May 2014 to July 2014 and at the Munitions Directorate in Eglin, Florida from May 2015 to July 2015.

Dr. Yucelen is a member of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of advanced technological development and innovation, the recipient of the 2016 ACGSC Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award for the outstanding contributions to the field of adaptive control, the recipient of the 2016 AIAA Technical Contribution Award for the creation of novel flight control synthesis and analysis algorithms, one of the recipients of the 2015 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Award for public recognition of the quality and promise of research, and the recipient of the 2014 Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching Award. His research places a strong emphasis on both theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. Specifically, his research falls into dynamical systems and controls with specializations in 1) adaptive and robust control of safety-critical systems; 2) distributed estimation and control of networked multiagent systems; 3) resilient and secure robotics, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems; and 4) biologically-inspired complex, large-scale, and modular systems. He has co-authored more than 170 archival journal and conference publications in these areas and his contributions were implemented on various platforms including AirSTAR of the NASA Langley Research Center.