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Courses Taught


  • ENAE301: Dynamics of Aerospace Systems, Fall 2005, 2006

    Kinematics and dynamics of three dimensional motion of point masses and rigid bodies with introduction to more general systems. Primary emphasis on Newtonian methods. Practice in numerical solutions and computer animation of equations of motion using MATLAB.

  • ENAE432: Control of Aerospace Systems, Spring 2006

    An introduction to the feedback control of dynamic systems. Laplace transforms and transfer function techniques; frequency response and Bode diagrams. Stability analysis via root locus and Nyquist techniques. Performance specifications in time and frequency domains, and design of compensation strategies to meet performance goals.

  • ENAE403: Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Study of motion of aircraft, equations of motion, aerodynamic force representation, longitudinal and lateral motions, response to controls and to atmospheric disturbances, handling qualities criteria and other figures of merit.


  • ENAE788C: Insect Flight Dynamics and Control, Spring 2007, 2010

    An in-depth analysis of the major topics related to insect flight: dynamics (6-DOF equations of motion), actuation (biomechanics and unsteady aerodynamics of flapping flight), sensing (visual processing and mechanoreception), and control (dynamic modeling, sensory feedback, and sensor fusion). Primary emphasis is on the modeling and distillation of fundamental biological principles for guidance, navigation, and flight control applications in microsystems.

  • ENAE742: Robust Multivariable Control, Spring 2012

    Limitations on achievable performance in multivariable feedback systems due to uncertainty. Singular values, matrix norms, multivariable Nyquist stability theory, uncertainty modeling in aerospace systems. Loop-shaping, generalization of Bode design principles. Characterizing the uncertainty, robustness and performance analysis, and synthesis, primarily in the frequency domain. Current research directions. Aerospace examples are used to complement the theory.

  • ENAE642: Atmospheric Flight Control, Spring 2008, 2011

    Application of modern multivariable control and estimation techniques to aerospace flight vehicles, including fixed wing aircraft, missiles, and micro-air-vehicles. Translation of performance and handling quality specifications into control system designs. Discussion of sensing and actuation technologies with an emphasis on MAV size, weight, and power constraints.


Dr. Sean Humbert

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

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