Dr. S.N. Balakrishnan

Dr. S.N. Balakrishnan is the second Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University and the Chairman of the Executive Council. His term as the Chancellor of the University began on April 8, 2014.    

A Curators' Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Balakrishnan heads the IST-Rolla an engineering firm focused on providing clients with the very best in research, development, and technology. He is also associated with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Sigma Gamma Tau.
Dr. Balakrishnan has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and has published numerous papers and guided post-doctoral and postgraduate students at the University. He has a strong research record in intelligent control and was first to develop optimal neurocontrollers for systems modeled by partial differential equations and systems driven by impulse inputs.

Dr. Balakrishnan’s contributions include developing a new closed form suboptimal control for non-linear systems called the theta-D control which approximates solutions to the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations; developing optimal control and filter solutions to spacecraft, helicopter, missile, aircraft, manufacturing and MEMs problems using neural networks; developing and implementing optimal temperature profile control, vibration control and aircraft control using neural networks. And formulating a new approach to guidance and control called the Integrated Guidance and Control (IGC) and which has shown its success in missile interception problems.

His research interests include control of aerospace and mechanical systems; flight and orbital mechanics; optimization; identification and estimation; numerical methods; stochastic processes; neural networks and wavelets.

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