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J. Sean Humbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. J. Sean Humbert is the Techno-Sciences Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech. Prof. Humbert’s research interests are the intersection of dynamics, control, and estimation theory with bio-inspired sensing and locomotion. Recent work has focused on the flight mechanics and distributed sensing and estimation approaches in small-scale organisms, including insect-based perception and navigation in cluttered, uncertain environments. Best paper honors include the AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation, and Control, the American Control Conference, and the International Conference on Insect Sensors and Robotics. Dr. Humbert recently won the AIAA National Capital Section Hal Andrews Young Scientist/Engineer Award, and is the recipient of an ARO Young Investigator Award. He is Director of the MAST-CTA on Microsystem Mechanics, and is the Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory at the University of Maryland. More information is available in Dr. Humbert's Faculty Profile Page.

Professional Preparation:

  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
  • MS, California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
  • BS, University of California, Davis, Mechanical Engineering

Appointments:

  • Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park 2011-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park 2005-2011
  • Affiliate Faculty of the Department of Bioengineering and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR)
  • Program Manager, Space & Strategic Programs, Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion 2000-2002
  • Senior Design Engineer, Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion 1999-2000
  • Visiting Researcher, United Technologies Research Center, Hartford, CT 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Techno-Sciences Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation (Chaired Professorship)
  • Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award, 2010-2012
  • Best Paper in the Dynamics and Control of Nano-Class Unmanned Systems (Invited) Session, American Control Conference (ACC), 2010
  • Best Paper in the Helicopter Control Session, American Control Conference (ACC), 2010
  • Best Paper in the Marine Systems II Session, American Control Conference (ACC), 2010
  • AIAA National Capital Section Hal Andrews Young Engineer of the Year Award, 2009
  • AIAA Outstanding Professor of the Year, Department of Aerospace Engineering, UMCP, 2007
  • AIAA Outstanding Mentor Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering, UMCP, 2006
  • Best Paper Award, AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control, 2005
  • Best Student Paper, American Control Conference (ACC), 2004
  • Best Poster Prize, International Conference on Insect Sensors and Robotics, 2004
  • 1st Place, Red Bull Flügtag Human-Powered Flying Competition, 2002, 2003
  • Departmental Citation, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1997

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Dr. Sean Humbert

J. Sean Humbert, Ph.D.
Techno-Sciences Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation
3182 Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
301.405.0328 TEL
301.314.9001 FAX
humbert (at) umd.edu

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