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Mario A. Rotea
Professor; Eric Jonsson Chair; Department Head-Mechanical Engineering
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Keywords Control systems; energy conversion, storage, and conservation; mechanical systems; aerospace systems.   
 Professional Preparation
 PhDControl Science and Dynamical SystemsUniversity of Minnesota1990
 M.S.Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Minnesota1988
 B.S.Electronics EngineeringNational University of Rosario1983
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About Research
Dr. Rotea's research seeks to develop methods and tools for the analysis and design of advanced multivariable control systems. Applied research is in the control of noise and vibrations in mechanical and aerospace systems. Most recently his research is focused in the monitoring and control of energy storage and conversion systems.
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Borhan, H., Rotea, M.A. and Viassolo, D., "Optimization-based power management of a wind farm with battery storage." Wind Energy. doi:10.1002/we.1547.
Category: Wind Energy
Peer reviewed
Borhan H., M.A. Rotea, and D. Viassolo, “Control of Battery Storage for Wind Energy Systems,” American Control Conference, Montréal, Canada, June 27-June 29, 2012.
Conference paper
Lackner M. and M.A. Rotea, “Passive structural control of offshore wind turbines,” Wind Energy, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 373-388, 2011.
Category: Wind Energy
Peer reviewed
Lackner M. and M.A. Rotea, “Structural Control of Floating Wind Turbines,” Mechatronics, Vol. 21, No. 4, Special Issue on past, present and future modeling and control of wind turbines, pp. 704-719, 2011.
Category: Mechatronics
Peer reviewed
Miller E., M.A. Rotea, and J. P. Rothstein, "Microfluidic device incorporating closed loop feedback control for uniform and tunable production of micro-droplets," Lab on a Chip, Vol. 10, No. 10, pp. 1293-1301, 2010.
Category: Lab on a Chip
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
October 2011-PresentJonsson School ChairMechanical Engineering University of Texas Dallas
January 2005-January 2007Program DirectorControl Systems, Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation
August 2002-July 2007ProfessorAeronautics and Astronautics Purdue University
August 1997-August 1998Senior Research EngineerMechatronics Department United Technologies Research Center
August 1995-July 2002Associate ProfessorSchool of Aeronautics and Astronautics Purdue University
August 1990-July 1995Associate ProfessorSchool of Aeronautics and Astronautics Purdue University
August 1, 2009-PresentProfessor and HeadMechanical Engineering University of Texas Dallas
April 2007-PresentProfessorMechanical and Industrial Engineering University of Massachusetts - Amherst
 News Articles
Mechanical Engineering Department Head Named
UT Dallas News Center
UT Dallas has named a highly regarded researcher, teacher and administrator to be the first head of its new Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Culminating a six-month nationwide search, Dr. Mario Rotea, currently head of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will arrive at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas in August.
The University had a large pool of applicants for the position of founding head of mechanical engineering, noted Dr. Mark W. Spong, dean of the Jonsson School and holder of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering.

Prof to Address Wind Energy Research Workshop
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. Mario Rotea, head of the UT Dallas Department of Mechanical Engineering, will give a keynote speech at a national meeting this month focused on new wind energy research.
Rotea will discuss the role of structural control systems to improve the reliability of large-scale wind turbines, and control strategies for the power management of wind farms with battery storage.  The meeting will be at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
“There is a critical need for more research into this field, to enable more reliable wind turbines, more efficient wind farms, and the integration of wind and storage systems,” Rotea said. 

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Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), for contributions to robust and optimal control of multivariable systems, 2007
  • CT Sun Excellence in Research Award, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 2006
  • Seed for Success Award Winner for attracting research grants in excess of $1M to Purdue University, 2004 and 2005
  • Best Poster Interactive Paper Award, 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, HI, December 2003
  • Best Paper Presentation Awards, American Control Conference, 1989, 1991, 1999, and 2001
  • NSF Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1993
  • NSF Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, 1991
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1989

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