December 9, 2021
A&A Professor Behçet Açıkmeşe was elevated to an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to optimization-based nonlinear control and to planetary landing systems. IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
An IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Being elevated to a fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as an important career achievement.
Açıkmeşe leads A&A’s Autonomous Control Lab, which focuses on Convex Optimization-based Control, Markov Decision Processes, Swarms, and Model Predictive Control. At the undergraduate level, Açıkmeşe teaches introductory linear systems and feedback control systems courses. He also teaches courses in linear systems, nonlinear systems, robust control, robust model predictive control, and convex optimization at the graduate level.
In addition to this distinction, Açıkmeşe won the IEEE Control Systems Society's Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control in 2019. He is also a recipient of the NSF Career Award and numerous NASA Achievement awards.