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Nhan Nguyen

Nguyen, Nhan

Nhan T. Nguyen is a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center with the Intelligent Systems Division and has been at Ames since 1986. He was the Project Scientist for the Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC) project under the NASA Aviation Safety Program for NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Nguyen has published 76 technical articles including 14 journal articles and 3 book chapters, and has given 2 seminars at AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference in 2005 and NASA Ames in 2010. His current research interests include adaptive flight control, distributed parameter optimal control of hyperbolic systems, flow control, aircraft flight dynamic modeling, and aeroelasticity. Dr. Nguyen is an AIAA associate fellow. He holds a U.S. patent and earned several distinguished awards including NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, Space Act Award, and NASA Ames Honor Awards for Excellence. He received the best paper award at AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference in 2009, and a one-of-ten best-papers award for the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference in 2004. He is a recent winner of NASA Innovation Fund Award in 2010 for his proposal on "Elastically Shaped Future Air Vehicle Concept". His recent adaptive control method "Optimal Control Modification" has been implemented and successfully flight tested on a NASA F-18 aircraft at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in 2010. He received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and has taught graduate courses in Advanced Dynamics, Aircraft Flight Dynamics, and Adaptive Control.