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Mario Rotea

Mario Rotea

Erik Jonsson Chair
Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Control Science and Dynamical Systems
University of Minnesota - 1990
M.S. - Electrical Engineering
University of Minnesota - 1988
B.S. - Electronics Engineering
National University of Rosario - 1983

Research Areas

About Research
Dr. Rotea's research seeks to develop methods and tools for the analysis and design of advanced multivariable control systems. Applied research is in the control of noise and vibrations in mechanical and aerospace systems. Most recently his research is focused in the monitoring and control of energy storage and conversion systems.


Borhan H., M.A. Rotea, and D. Viassolo, Control of Battery Storage for Wind Energy Systems, American Control Conference, Montral, Canada, June 27-June 29, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Borhan, H., Rotea, M.A. and Viassolo, D., "Optimization-based power management of a wind farm with battery storage." Wind Energy. doi:10.1002/we.1547. 2012 - Publication
Lackner M. and M.A. Rotea, “Structural Control of Floating Wind Turbines,” Mechatronics, Vol. 21, No. 4, Special Issue on past, present and future modeling and control of wind turbines, pp. 704-719, 2011. 2011 - Publication
Lackner M. and M.A. Rotea, “Passive structural control of offshore wind turbines,” Wind Energy, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 373-388, 2011. 2011 - Publication
Rotea M.A., Lackner M. and R. Saheba, "Active structural control of offshore wind turbines," AIAA-2010-1000, 29th Wind Energy Symposium, 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, January 4-7, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Miller E., M.A. Rotea, and J. P. Rothstein, "Microfluidic device incorporating closed loop feedback control for uniform and tunable production of micro-droplets," Lab on a Chip, Vol. 10, No. 10, pp. 1293-1301, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Saheba R., M.A. Rotea, O. Wasynczuk, S. Pekarek, and B. Jordan, "Virtual Thermal Sensing for Electric Machines," IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 42-56, February 2010. 2010 - Publication
Fang H., Lin. Z., and M. Rotea, “On IQC approach to the analysis and design of linear systems subject to actuator saturation," Systems and Control Letters, Vol. 57, No. 8, pp. 611-619, August 2008. 2008 - Publication


Jonsson School Chair
University of Texas Dallas [2011–Present]
Professor and Head
University of Texas Dallas [2009–Present]
University of Massachusetts - Amherst [2007–Present]
Program Director
Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation [2005–2007]
Purdue University [2002–2007]
Senior Research Engineer
United Technologies Research Center [1997–1998]
Associate Professor
Purdue University [1995–2002]
Associate Professor
Purdue University [1990–1995]

Additional Information

Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), for contributions to robust and optimal control of multivariable systems, 2007
  • CT Sun Excellence in Research Award, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 2006
  • Seed for Success Award Winner for attracting research grants in excess of $1M to Purdue University, 2004 and 2005
  • Best Poster Interactive Paper Award, 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, HI, December 2003
  • Best Paper Presentation Awards, American Control Conference, 1989, 1991, 1999, and 2001
  • NSF Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1993
  • NSF Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, 1991
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1989

News Articles

Prof to Address Wind Energy Research Workshop
Prof to Address Wind Energy Research Workshop Dr. Mario Rotea, head of the UT Dallas Department of Mechanical Engineering, will give a keynote speech at a national meeting this month focused on new wind energy research. Rotea will discuss the role of structural control systems to improve the reliability of large-scale wind turbines, and control strategies for the power management of wind farms with battery storage. The meeting will be at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. “There is a critical need for more research into this field, to enable more reliable wind turbines, more efficient wind farms, and the integration of wind and storage systems,” Rotea said.
Jonsson School's WindSTAR Team Works to Improve the Energy of Air
Jonsson School's WindSTAR Team Works to Improve the Energy of Air For three consecutive years, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Dallas has received funding from the National Science Foundation to support a center that, in partnership with industry, conducts research to increase the amount of energy the nation gets from wind.
Since 2014, the NSF has given UT Dallas and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell $532,732 to support the operations of the industry/university cooperative research center known as WindSTAR, the center for Wind-Energy Science, Technology and Research.
Each university has attracted corporate partners to ensure that the research and education programs are relevant to industrial needs.
Mechanical Engineering Department Head Named
UT Dallas has named a highly regarded researcher, teacher and administrator to be the first head of its new Department of Mechanical Engineering. Culminating a six-month nationwide search, Dr. Mario Rotea, currently head of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will arrive at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas in August. The University had a large pool of applicants for the position of founding head of mechanical engineering, noted Dr. Mark W. Spong, dean of the Jonsson School and holder of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering.