Mechanical Engineering

Bassam Bamieh


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.


Center for Control Dynamical Systems and Computation Member
Center for Energy Efficient Design Member


Bamieh is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. 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.


2008 IEEE Fellow 
2004, 2013 IEEE Control Systems Society G.S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award
2000 AACC Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award
1996 NSF CAREER Award 1996
2004 IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer


BS: Electrical Engineering & Physics, Valparaiso University (1983)
MS: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University (1986)
PhD: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University (1992)

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