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Electrical and Computer Engineering|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Mark J. Balas

Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering

Room 5068B, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.5599
Fax: 307.766.2248


  • B.S. (1965) University of Akron, Ohio, Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. (1970) University of Maryland, Mathematics
  • M.S. (1974) University of Denver, Colorado, Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D. (1974) University of Denver, Colorado, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Expertise

Control of Large-Scale and Distributed Parameter Systems,
System Identification and Adaptive Control,
Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations,
Numerical Methods for Model Reduction, Controller Synthesis, and Stability Analysis,
Mechanically Flexible Structures,
Aeroelastic Modeling and Control for Aircraft Flight Systems,
Nonlinear Estimation and Control for Rotating Electrical Machines,
Wind Turbine Power Generation Dynamics and Control,
Adaptive Control of Precision Optical Structures

Academic Employment:

  • 2007-Present Co-director Wind Energy Research Center (WERC)
  • 1987-present Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 1986-1987 Professor, Electrical, Computer and Systems Department, Rensselaer, Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
  • 1985-1986 Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 1979-1985 Associate Professor, Electrical, Computer and Systems Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
  • 1976-1978 Lecturer in Estimation and Control of Stochastic Processes, Aeronautics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

NonAcademic Employment

  • 2001-2004 IPA Senior Research Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
  • 1997- 2000 AFOSR Summer Research Program, UltraLITE Project, Air Force Research Laboratories, Phillips Site, Kirtland AFB, NM.
  • 1978-1979 Senior Scientist, Control Systems Department, Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc, Cambridge, MA
  • 1977-1978 Staff Engineer, Control Systems Department, Martin Marietta Aerospace Corporation, Denver, CO
  • 1976-1977 Systems Engineer, Control and Flight Dynamics Division, C. S. Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
  • 1974-1976 Applied Mathematician, Mathematical Analysis Branch, U. S. Naval Surface Weapons Center, White Oak, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1965-1970 Electronics Engineer, Harry Diamond Laboratories, U. S. Army Materiel Command, Washington, D. C.

Awards and Honors

  • AIAA Fellow 2001
  • IEEE Life Fellow 2006
  • 2007 Samuel D. Hakes Research and Teaching Award
  • Best Conference Paper Award: "Design of Controls to Attenuate Loads in the Controls Advanced Research Turbine" with Alan Wright, AIAA 2004-0345, Proceedings of AIAA/ASME Wind Energy Symposium, pp76-86, Reno, NV, Jan 5-8,2004.
  • Air Force Research Laboratory DOT-Ultralite Team Award, 2003
  • Plenary Keynote Lecture at 5th International ESA Conference on Guidance Navigation and Control Systems in Frascati, Italy, October 2002
  • IFAC Plenary Lecture for Aerospace Systems Workshop in Bologna, Italy, Sept 2001
  • The Max Peters Faculty Service Award, School of Engineering, 2000
  • General Chair, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, 2000
  • Technical Co-Chair, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, 1999
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition for Tech Brief:"Robust Adaptive Control in Hilbert Space", 1989
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition for Tech Brief:"Discrete-Time Model Reference Adaptive Control", 1989

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Dr. Mark J. Balas
Mark Balas is Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming. He has many technical degrees including a PhD in mathematics and some others in electrical engineering. He has held lots of jobs in industry, academia, and government. Among his careers, he has been a university professor for over 28 years and has mentored 38 doctoral students. He has been visiting faculty with the US Air Force Research Laboratory-Kirtland AFB, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the NASA-Ames Research Center, and is the Associate Director of the new University of Wyoming Wind Energy Research Center. He is a fellow of the AIAA and a life fellow of the IEEE.

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