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Department ofMechanical Engineering

Dynamics and Control Systems

Welcome to the Dynamics and Control Systems Research Group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University.

Ayoubi's Dynamics and Control Systems Research Group

Our lab provides a stimulating environment for undergraduate and graduate students who want to be involved in modeling, simulation, and control of aerospace and mechanical systems. Current projects deal with theoretical investigation of highly complex, and uncertain aerospace and mechanical systems.

Current research efforts are in the following areas:

  1. Multibody and Analytical Dynamics: Extending the analytical theory of spinning-thrusting spacecraft and developing high-fidelity models for spacecraft with fuel sloshing.
  2. Control of Aerospace Vehicles: Developing control laws for the following applications:
    • Improve the fuel efficiency of a new generation of commercial aircraft via wing shape control.
    • Position tracking and control of multi-UAV via the concept of shared control.
    • Attitude/position control of flexible space vehicles and vibration control of flexible components (structure).
    • Attitude control of spacecraft with fuel sloshing.
    • Attitude control of large solar sails.
  3. Guidance and Control of Reentry Vehicles: Extending the analytical theory of reentry vehicles and developing new optimal guidance and control (G&C) algorithms for atmospheric planetary entry vehicles.


Who We Are

Mohammad A. Ayoubi, Director

Mohammad A. Ayoubi, Director

Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Dynamics, control, and optimization

Sina L.  Piramoon

Sina L. Piramoon

Graduate Assistant

Research interests: Multibody and analytical dynamics, system identification, and product design

Former Graduate Students

Lilit Mazmanyan (2018)

Nikolai Kalnin (2017)

Joshua Baculi (2016)

Chokri Sendi (2016)

Benjamin Margolis (2016)

Marc Johnson (2015)

Eric Ting (2013) 

Farhad A. Goodarzi (2011) 

Li-Cho Tai (2011)

Contact Us

Director: Mohammad Ayoubi

Mechanical Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Bannan Engineering, Bldg. 404