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.


Tsiotras, P., M. Corless, and M.A. Rotea, “An L2 disturbance attenuation solution to the nonlinear benchmark problem,” International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol. 8, No. 4-5, pp. 311-330, 1998. 1998 - Publication
Petersen, I.R., D. Macfarlane, and M.A. Rotea, “Optimal guaranteed cost control of discrete-time uncertain linear systems,” International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol. 8, No. 8, pp. 649-657, 1998. 1998 - Publication
D’Amato, F. and M.A. Rotea, “Limits of achievable performance and controller design for the structural control benchmark problem,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 27, No. 11, pp. 1203-1224, 1998. 1998 - Publication
Prasanth, R. and M.A. Rotea, “Interpolation with multiple norm constraints,” Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 165-187, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Iwasaki, T. and M.A. Rotea, “Fixed order scaled H∞ synthesis,” Optimal Control Applications and Methods, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 381-398, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Iwasaki, T. and M.A. Rotea, “Rank-one scaled H∞ optimization,” Transactions of the ASME:  Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 119, No. 3, pp. 513-520, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Zhu, G., M.A. Rotea, and R.E. Skelton, “A convergent algorithm for the output covariance constraint problem,” SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 341-361, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Iwasaki, T., S. Hara, and M.A. Rotea, “Computational complexity reduction in scaled H∞ synthesis,” Automatica, Vol. 33, No. 7, pp. 1325-1332, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Rotea, M.A. and R.K. Prasanth, “An interpolation approach to multiobjective H∞ design,” International Journal of Control, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 699-720, 1996. 1996 - Publication
Tsiotras, P., M. Corless, and M.A. Rotea, “Counter-example to a recent result on the stability of nonlinear systems,” IMA Journal of Mathematical Control & Information, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 129-130, 1996. 1996 - 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.