College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Welcoming Abhishek Halder, new associate professor of aerospace engineering

Education: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014. Dual Degree (B. Tech. and M. Tech.), Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, 2008 

Research focus: Systems and control theory, optimization, machine learning, probability. 

Joins Iowa State from: Assistant professor position, Applied Mathematics, University of California Santa Cruz 

Recognitions and awards: I received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M, and the Best Dual Degree Thesis Award from Aerospace Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. For my research and service to the community, in 2021, I was elevated to IEEE Senior Member. Joint works with my doctoral students have been recognized with five research awards and fellowships. 

How do you hope your research discoveries impact the world? 

My research area is optimization, control and machine learning with focus on the design and analysis of systems with uncertainties: both deterministic and stochastic. The theory and computational algorithms I develop are applied to a wide range of engineering domains of contemporary interest such as planetary entry-descent-landing, automated driving, fabrication of advanced materials. My research vision is to advance the performance of safety-critical engineering systems with provable safety guarantees, by better analyzing and strategically leveraging the dynamic uncertainties. 

What kind of classroom and teaching experience do you look forward to creating at Iowa State? 

I am looking forward to creating an inclusive and engaging classroom experience where students learn how to think and can accomplish guided self-discovery of the core concepts. 

What drew you to join Iowa State? 

I was and am excited to collaborate with the world-class faculties and students at the Iowa State University.