Role in Affiliated Centers
Director of the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation; Member of the Center for Energy Efficiency Design and the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing
Khammash’s research interests lie in the general area of dynamics and feedback control and its applications in natural and man-made systems. He works in the areas of control engineering – a science that studies how to manipulate the parameters affecting the behavior of a system to produce a desired or optimal outcome—with a focus on robust control theory, multi-objective control and systems biology. In the area of energy efficiency, Khammash researches airflow and control algorithms to optimize the flow and mixing of forced air cooling in computational facilities and designs Power System Stabilizers for large-scale power systems using state-of-the-art methods in robust control theory. Additional research interests include robustness analysis and synthesis of interconnected dynamic systems; and the use of control theory for the quantitative analysis of networks of dynamically interacting biological components, with the goal of reverse engineering these networks to understand how they robustly achieve biological function.
Mustafa Khammash is the Director of the Center for Control, Dynamical systems, and Computations at UC Santa Barbara, where he holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University (1986) and a Ph.D. from Rice University (1990), both in electrical engineering. In 1990, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Iowa State University. While at Iowa State University, he created the dynamics and control program and led that control group until 2002. In 2001, he served as a visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology. In May 2002, he joined the dynamics and control group in the department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at the UCSB. Khammash is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, the Iowa State University Foundation Early Achievement in Research and Scholarship Award, the ISU College of Engineering Young Faculty Research Award, and the Ralph Budd Best Engineering PhD Thesis Award.