Mario Rotea

Erik Jonsson Chair
Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Tags: Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer 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.


Li Y., M.A. Rotea, G. Chiu, L. Mongeau, I. Paek, “Extremum Seeking Control of Tunable Thermoacoustic Cooler,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 13, No.  pp. 527-536, 2005. 2005 - Publication
D’Amato, F.J. and M.A. Rotea, “LFTB: An efficient algorithm to bound linear fractional transformations,” Optimization and Engineering, Springer, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 177-201, 2005. 2005 - Publication
Lana C., M.A. Rotea, and D. Viassolo, “Robust estimation algorithm for spectral Neugebauer models,” Journal of Electronic Imaging, SPIE, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 1-10, 2005. 2005 - Publication
Kothandaraman G. and M.A. Rotea, “SPSA Algorithm for parachute parameter estimation,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 1229-1235, 2005. 2005 - Publication
Corless, M., S. Swei, and M.A. Rotea, “System order reduction in the stabilization of multi-block uncertain systems,” International Journal of Control, Vol. 75, No. 2, pp. 69-79, 2002. 2002 - Publication
D'Amato, F.J., M.A. Rotea, A. Megretski, and U.T. Jonson, "New Results for the Analysis of Systems with Repeated Nonlinearities," Automatica, Vol. 37, pp. 739-747, 2001. 2001 - Publication
Rotea, M.A., “Design of static cascade compensators using generalized singular values,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Navigation, and Control, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 200-205, 2000. 2000 - Publication
Viassolo, D. and M.A. Rotea, “Optimal scaling of digital controllers,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Series I:  Fundamental Theory and Applications, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 500-505, 1999. 1999 - Publication
Rotea, M.A., P. Tsiotras, and M. Corless, “Suboptimal control of rigid body motion with a quadratic cost,” Dynamics and Control, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 55-81, 1998. 1998 - Publication
Tsiotras, P., M. Corless, and M.A. Rotea, “Optimal control of rigid body angular velocity with a quadratic cost,” Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 96, No. 3, pp. 507-532, 1998. 1998 - 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
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
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.