September 10, 2021

William MacKunis

Dr. MacKunis is currently an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator for Engineering Physics at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus. He has extensive experience with control system engineering for mechanical and aerospace systems and dynamics and control of fluid flow systems.

William MacKunis received his Ph.D. degree in 2009 from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) as a UF Alumni Fellow. After completing his doctoral studies, he was selected as a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, where he worked in the Guidance and Navigation Division. In 2010, Dr. MacKunis joined the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Department of Physical Sciences, where he is currently an associate professor and the Engineering Physics Undergraduate Program Coordinator. His main research is in the development and application of Lyapunov-based control techniques for mechanical and aerospace systems with uncertain nonlinear dynamic models. Dr. MacKunis’ research has involved numerous control applications, including guidance and navigation of satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), wheeled mobile robots, hypersonic vehicles, missile guidance systems, vibration suppression systems, neural networks, photovoltaic power systems, and closed-loop active flow control. He is the co-author of two book chapters and over 90 refereed journal articles and conference papers. His work has been recognized by NASA, NSF, and by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Award (2011-2013). He is currently or has served as an associate editor for the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Editorial Board and Journal of Control Science and Engineering.


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