Hovakimyan named AIAA Fellow


Fatima Farha, MechSE Communications

MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) “for pioneering development of technical knowledge in robust adaptive control and its transition to aerospace and commercial applications.”
Hovakimyan is the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor, Schaller Faculty Scholar, University Scholar, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Lab, and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute, the Coordinated Science Lab, Information Trust Institute, and the Aerospace and ECE departments. Her research is primarily focused on robust adaptive control, networks of autonomous systems, and game theory applications regarding safety-critical systems in various engineering fields. She has conducted research and experiments involving domestic drones, robots, and her L1 adaptive control system. 
The rank of Fellow is one of AIAA’s most competitive, with only about 20 individuals named each year. 
“I feel very honored by this recognition,” said Hovakimyan. “The Fellow rank is the highest rank of AIAA and is very prestigious. I feel humbled to be among those few honorees.”
AAIA is a professional society of individuals who are studying, teaching, and researching the field of aerospace. The society also publishes journals, magazines, e-books, and other documents written by individuals conducting various research on aerospace advancements and technology.