University of Southern California

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USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Michael G. Safonov
Electrical Engineering -- Systems 
3740 McClintock Ave., Room EEB308 
University of Southern California 
Los Angeles, California 90089-2563


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safonov2010mcropped150x150.JPGMichael G. Safonov was born in Pasadena, CA, on November 1, 1948. He received the B.S., M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA in 1971, 1971, 1976 and 1977, respectively. From 1972 to 1975 he served with the U.S. Navy as Electronics Division Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42). Since 1977 he has been with the University of Southern California where he is presently Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering. He has been a consultant to The Analytic Sciences Corp., Honeywell Systems and Research Center, Systems Control, Systems Control Technology, Scientific Systems, United Technologies, TRW, Northrop Aircraft, Hughes Aircraft and others.   His consulting and university research activities have involved him flight control system design studies in which modern robust multivariable control techniques were applied to a variety of aircraft including the CH-47 Chinook helicopter (Analytic Sciences Corp., 1976), the NASA HiMAT aircraft (Honeywell/USC, 1980) and the F/A-18 Hornet (Northrop, 1987-1991). During the academic year 1983-1984 he was a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, England, and in summer 1987 he held a similar appointment at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England. In 1990-1991 he was a visiting faculty member at Caltech, Pasadena, CA. He has authored or co-authored more than one hundred and fifty journal and conference papers and the book Stability and Robustness of Multivariable Feedback Systems (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1980). Additionally, he is co-author of the MATLAB Robust Control Toolbox (Natick, MA: MathWorks), a software package for use with MATLAB. His research interests include robust control, infinity-norm optimal control theory and nonlinear system theory with applications to aerospace control design problems. He served as an Associate Editor of and Systems and Control Letters and IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control.  He is presently an editor of International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. From 1993 to 1995, he was Chair of the AACC Awards Committee of the American Automatic Control Council. Dr. Safonov is an IFAC Fellow and an IEEE Life Fellow.

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