Dr. Richard N. Tantaris

Lecturer, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

Biography

Dr. Tantaris obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Controls Engineering. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical engineering. Dr. Tantaris has over 15 years of experience in industry serving in a number of roles including Program Manager, Test Director, and Lead System Engineer. His career in industry started at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Los Angeles where he designed and implemented a flight hardware test program. In addition, he worked on the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod analyzing flight data to diagnose control anomalies and designing new tracking algorithms. Wanting to return to the South, Dr. Tantaris accepted a position with Southern Research Institute where he worked in a variety of roles to support multiple large government/DOD projects including the Airborne Imaging and Recording System (AIRS), a large, high attitude, gimballed sensor system.

Dr. Richard N. Tantaris Curriculum Vitae


Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Dissertation: “First order controllers: stability, performance, and robustness”.
  • M.E., Electrical Engineering, Tennessee State University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Tennessee State University

Areas of Interest

Engineering education, Line-of- Sight (LOS) control, control systems (nonlinear, modern, parametric/robust, adaptive), system modeling, inertial navigation (strap-down and stable platform), MEMs, finite element analysis, robotics (modeling and control design/simulation), vision systems, and image processing


Classes Taught

  • MAE 284 Numerical Methods
  • MAE 284L Numerical Methods Lab
  • MAE 463/563 Intermediate Dynamics
  • MAE 480/580 Aircraft Stability and Control
  • MAE 488 Analysis of Engineering Systems

Honors & Awards

  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Served on the Executive Committee of the Alabama section of IEEE 2016 - 2017

Publications

  • R. N. Tantaris, “Optimal scheduling of a multi-user, multi-tasking automatic robotic telescope”, Proceedings of the NASA URC Technical Conference, vol. II, pp. 137-142, Huntsville, Alabama, Feb. 22-25, 1998.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “Stabilization of continuous time systems by first order controllers”, Proceedings of the 10th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, Lisbon, Portugal, July 9-12, 2002.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “Stabilization of discrete time systems by first order controllers”, Proceedings of the 41st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 2002.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “Stabilization of discrete time systems by first order systems”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 48, No. 5, May, 2003.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “Gain/phase margin design with first order controllers”, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Denver CO, June 4-6, 2003.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “Three term controllers: stability, performance, and robustness”, Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete, and Impulsive Systems, September 2003.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “Stabilization by first order controllers with an H-infinity constraint”, Proceedings of the 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, Hawaii, Dec. 2003.
  • R. N. Tantaris, L. H. Keel, and S. P. Battacharyya, “H ∞ Design With First-Order Controllers”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 51, No. 8, August, 2006.