Kamesh Subbarao, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department of the University of Texas at Arlington, is the first faculty member of the university to be honored as a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS).

Subbarao, who has been with UTA since 2003, has been recognized for his “technical contributions to valuation and control and for his leadership role in AAS technical activities”.

“I am honored and humbled to join this group of valued colleagues, many of whom have been my teachers and role models,” said Subbarao.

Subbarao is director of the Aerospace Systems Laboratory at UTA. The laboratory researches the modeling, simulation, control and estimation of mechanical and aerospace systems from a systemic perspective. In recent years he has worked on various mechanical and aerospace systems and his theoretical contributions, numerical simulations, algorithms and software encompass multiple applications.

Subbarao’s research interests include flight mechanics, simulation and control, astrodynamics, nonlinear and adaptive control, linear and nonlinear filter / estimation approaches, cooperation and coordination for multiple unmanned vehicles subject to measurement uncertainties and distributed time delays.

His research was funded by DARPA, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Lab, the Office of Naval Research, NASA, and several large corporations. He received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Excellence in Teaching Award from UTA in 2016 and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Award for “Model Reference Adaptive Control” in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and is the author and co-author of more than 175 journal and peer-reviewed conference publications.

“Congratulations to Dr. Subbarao to this achievement. His research record in the aerospace field will leave a lasting legacy at UTA and beyond, and he is well deserved to be a Fellow, ”said Erian Armanios, Chairman of the MAE.


AAS was founded in 1954 and is the leading network of current and future space experts dedicated to promoting all space activities. Past AAS fellows include NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Eileen Collins, Alan Shepard, and a few others.

– Written by Jeremy Agor, College of Engineering


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