Elmer Gilbert | Faculty

Elmer Gilbert

Professor Emeritus, Aerospace Engineering

2118 FXB
(734) 764-3355



Short Bio


University of Michigan
PhD Instrumentation Engineering '57
MSE Electrical Engineering '53
BSE Electrical Engineering '52


  • Professor Emeritus (1994)
  • Professor (1963)
  • Associate Professor (1959)
  • Assistant Professor (1957)
  • Instructor (1954)

Specializations and Research Interests

Professor Gilbert has had long-term interests in dynamic-system simulation, optimization techniques, theory of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems, control-system synthesis, and control applications. This includes such topics as: the design of analog computers, fundamental contributions to state-space theory of linear control systems, computation of optimal controls, optimal periodic control, stability of model predictive control systems, robot path planning in the presence of obstacles. His recent work centers on a variety of issues related to control systems with hard (point-wise in time) constraints and disturbance inputs.

Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 1986
  • Member, The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, February 1990
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, The University of Michigan, 1991
  • O.H. Schuck Award for Best Paper at the 1977 Joint Automatic Control Conference
  • Fellow of Instutite of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 1979: "For contributions to multivariable and optimal control systems"
  • IEEE Control Systems Society, Best Paper Award for 1979
  • Plenary Speaker, 1992 American Control Conference
  • Member National Academy of Engineering (United States), 1994:"For contributions to the theory and practice of multivariable, optimal, non-linear, and computer control systems, and to control engineering education"
  • IEEE Technical Field Award, Control Systems, 1994: "For pioneering and innovative contributions to linear state space theory and its applications, especially realization and decoupling, as well as to control algorithms"
  • Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995: "For contributions to theory and practice of multivariable, optimal, nonlinear, and computer control systems and to control engineering education"
  • Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (American Automatic Control Council), 1996: "In recognition of a distinguished career in automatic control, with pioneering research contributions to a broad range of subjects including linear multivariable systems theory, computation of optimal controls, nonlinear systems theory, and motion planning in the presence of obstacles"