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Andrea L’Afflitto appointed assistant professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Andrea L'Afflitto
Andrea L’Afflitto

Andrea L’Afflitto has been appointed assistant professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

L’Afflitto serves as the director of the Advanced Control Systems Lab that performs research on advanced topics in modern control theory, such as nonlinear robust control, optimal control theory, differential game theory, and nonlinear estimation. The lab’s theoretical results are tested by designing control systems for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles and lightweight robots.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he worked as an assistant professor at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Earlier in his career, L’Afflitto was a systems and operations engineer for the International Space Station at the German Aerospace Agency.

Since 2017, L'Afflitto has served as a summer faculty fellow at the Army Research Lab, where he has been investigating the use of autonomous and unmanned aerial robots to support ground troops.

In 2018, L’Afflitto received the prestigious Young Faculty Award from the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency. to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on Department of Defense and national security issues. In collaboration with a Penn State researcher, L'Afflitto’s research concentrates on programming drones that will adapt to its surroundings for military purposes.

L’Afflitto has published one monograph in flight controls, two book chapters and over 40 peer-reviewed technical papers in leading journals and conferences in the area of control theory with application to smart autonomous robotic systems.

He received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Napoli 'Federico II', a second master’s degree in mathematics from Virginia Tech, and a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.