Hovakimyan earns prestigious AIAA honor for pioneering book
MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan was selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Pendray Aerospace Literature Award for 2019. The award is presented for an outstanding contribution or contributions to aeronautical and astronautical literature in the relatively recent past.
Hovakimyan won the award for her book, “L1 Adaptive Control Theory: Guaranteed Robustness with Fast Adaptation,” published in 2010.
She will receive the award at a ceremony in January at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2019) in San Diego.
Hovakimyan – the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor – is a leader at the forefront of the field of robust adaptive control systems, and has published prolifically on the topic. She continues to pioneer innovations in adaptive control and its applications to aerospace systems.
She joined the MechSE Department in 2008, and is an affiliate faculty in the departments of Aerospace Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a professor in the Coordinated Science Lab, Beckman Institute of Science and Technology, and the Information Trust Institute. She runs the Advanced Controls Research Laboratory at Illinois. She earned her PhD in physics and mathematics from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1992.