Bassam Bamieh

Mechanical Engineering

Institute Role
Member of Buildings & Design Solutions Group

Role in Affiliated Centers
Member of the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation and the Center for Energy Efficiency Design

Bassam Bamieh's research interests are in the fundamentals of control and dynamical systems, as well as the applications of systems and feedback techniques in several physical and engineering systems. These areas include robust and optimal control, distributed control and dynamical systems, and shear flow transition and turbulence. Bamieh is a one of a group of researchers at the Center for Energy Efficiency Design that has been investigating power generation devices which are much more efficient and reliable than traditional piston or turbine based systems. Bamieh works on thermoacoustic energy conversion devices, a relatively new class of devices for refrigeration and electric power generation that have very high operating efficiencies. In these devices, sound waves are generated by temperature gradients and this acoustic instability can be a useful energy conversion mechanism to create heat pumps (e.g. refrigerators with no moving parts), or converted to electric power using a variety of schemes including energy harvesting.

Bassam Bamieh is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Valparaiso University (1983) and M.Sc. (1986) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. Prior to joining UCSB in 1998, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1991-98).  Bamieh has co-authored over 100 refereed publications in Systems and Controls and allied fields. He has received several awards and honors for his research, including an IEEE Control Systems Society G. S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, an AACC Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, and a National Science Foundation CAREER award. He was elected a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2005), and a Fellow of the IEEE (2008) with the citation "For contributions to robust, sampled-data and distributed control".

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