Anouck Girard | Faculty

Short Bio

Professor Girard’s interests include the dynamics, control and optimization of advanced, increasingly autonomous vehicles operating in the space, air, ground or marine domains. She is a co-director of the Vehicle Optimization, Dynamics, Control and Autonomy Laboratory. In addition to modeling and control of the mechanical motions of such vehicles, Professor Girard and the lab consider the related problems of trajectory optimization, increasing autonomy, optimal energy and heat management, and information collection. Recent applications include spacecraft, UAVs, fighter jets, autonomous cars and America’s Cup foiling catamarans.


University of California, Berkeley
PhD Engineering '02

Florida Atlantic University
MS Ocean Engineering '98

École des Mines d’Alès
Diplôme d’Ingénieur Computer Science '97


  • IEEE
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


  • Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2006 - 2012)

Specializations and Research Interests

Nonlinear systems, hybrid systems, embedded systems, cooperative control and unmanned vehicles.

Teaching Interests

  • AE 201, Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • AE348, Aircraft Dynamics & Control
  • AE483, Space Systems Design
  • AE551, Nonlinear Dynamics and Control
  • AE740, Special Topics in Flight Dynamics and Control
    • Cooperative Control of UAVs
    • Advanced FDC
    • Nonlinear and Predictive Control
  • AE347 Space Flight Mechanics
  • AE573 Dynamics and Control of Spacecraft

Honors and Awards

  • Link Foundation Fellowship in Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation (2000- 2001)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Best Student Paper Award, Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division (May 2001)
  • Visiting Summer Faculty Fellowship at AFRL, Summers (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Participant (2007)
  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee (Elected) (2007-2011)
  • Associate Member, AIAA (2008)
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA (2015)
  • Senior Member, IEEE (2014)
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Silver Shaft Award (UM Teaching Award) (2013)