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Kristi A. Morgansen

  • Professor and Chair, Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Adjunct Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Kristi Morgansen Is a Professor and Chair of the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington.  Prof. Morgansen’s research focuses on guidance, navigation, control for autonomous underwater, surface, air and space systems.   In particular, her work addresses nonlinear systems where sensing and actuation are integrated, stability in switched systems with delay, and incorporation of operational constraints such as communication delays in control of multi-vehicle systems.  Applications include both traditional autonomous vehicle systems such as fixed-wing aircraft and underwater gliders as well as novel systems such as bio-inspired underwater propulsion, bio-inspired agile flight, human decision making, and neural engineering.  The results of this work have been demonstrated in estimation and path planning in unmanned aerial vehicles with limited sensing, vorticity sensing and sensor placement on fixed wing aircraft, landing maneuvers in fruit flies, joint optimization of control and sensing in dynamical systems, and deconfliction and obstacle avoidance in autonomous systems and in biological systems including fish, insects, birds, and bats.


Robotics & Controls, Biosystems, Computing and Networking


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  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1993
    Boston University
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, 1994
    Boston University
  • S.M., Applied Mathematics, 1996
    Harvard University
  • PhD, Engineering Sciences, 1999
    Harvard University