Dr. Slegers is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. Dr. Slegers developed new courses in mechatronics. These courses prepare students for synergistic integration of mechanical and aerospace engineering with electronics and control theory. His research focuses on the intersection of dynamic modeling, control engineering, and robotics to optimize performance. This includes accurate dynamic models for use in predictive control strategies to achieve a variety of objectives while also leading to a better understanding of the system. Dr. Slegers has overseen research in predictive guidance of smart weapons and small unmanned aerial vehicles and precision placement of autonomous parafoils. He developed a miniature autopilot for autonomous rotorcraft. His research has resulted in experimentally proven predictive control algorithms for many different dynamic systems.