Faculty Announcements: Mahmut Reyhanoglu and Sergey Drakunov
Daytona Beach, FL, August 29, 2012
Mahmut Reyhanoglu Attains Senior Member Rank in IEEE
Dr. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, an Engineering Physics professor at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, has been elevated to senior member status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Only 8 percent of the organization’s 416,000 members have achieved this rank, which recognizes the significant accomplishments and professional maturity of outstanding IEEE members.
Dr. Reyhanoglu’s research expertise lies in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, controls and robotics, with particular emphasis on application to mechanical and aerospace systems.
He served on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board as an Associate Editor from 1996 to 2001, on the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Editorial Board as an Associate Editor from 2001 to 2007 and was a member of the IEEE International Program Committee for several conferences. In related experience, he was a member of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee from 1999 to 2002.
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Sergey Drakunov Named Associate Dean for COAS Research & Graduate Studies
Dr. Sergey Drakunov, an Engineering Physics professor at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, has been appointed associate dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He will continue his role in the Ph.D. program in Engineering Physics and will teach in the Physical Sciences Department on a limited basis.
In addition to his activities in the Engineering Physics program, Dr. Drakunov has partnered with the Mechanical Engineering Department in joint research and further development of a robot-driven automobile that he created jointly with Gray Matter Inc. as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) competition in 2007. Over the years he has been instrumental in obtaining support from Gray Matter and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition to support his research and that of his colleagues and students.
In line with Embry-Riddle’s emphasis on research, entrepreneurial efforts and unmanned autonomous systems, Dr. Drakunov will assist faculty in finding grants, will build research teams across departments and colleges at Embry-Riddle and will seek research and innovation partnerships with outside organizations.
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