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Stephen Yurkovich

Stephen Yurkovich

Louis Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Chair
Professor - System Engineering
Director of Center for Control Science and Technology
ECSS 3.803
Energy Storage Systems Lab

Professional Preparation

PhD - Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame - 1984
B.S. - Engineering Science
Rockhurst University - 1978

Research Areas


As the first head of systems engineering at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, I am spearheading a department that enables our graduates to take leading roles in product development, R&D and a wide range of other interdisciplinary high-tech efforts within industry, government and academia.

Honors, Awards and Recognition
  • Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty Teaching Award, Academic Year 2016-2017
  • Elected to IEEE Board of Directors, Division X (Director-Elect 2012, Director 2013-14)
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2001)
  • 2008 John R. Ragazzini Award in Control Education from the American Automatic Control Council
  • Semi-Plenary Lecture, 2006 Conference on Decision and Control, “Calibrating the Control Engineer”
  • Speaker in Special Plenary Panel (invited), 2004 American Control Conference“Winning that Academic Job”
  • OSU College of Engineering, 2004 Honda Partnership Award
  • Speaker in Special Plenary Panel (invited), 2003 Conference on Decision and Control, “Future of Control in Automotive Applications”
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, 2002 Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award
  • IEEE Columbus Section 2001 Fellow of the Year
  • IEEE Control Systems Society 2000 Distinguished Member Award
  • IEEE Millennium Medal recipient (2000)
  • Plenary speaker, 1998 International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems
  • Plenary speaker, 1997 European Control Conference
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Lumley Research Award (1991, 1996)
Research Interests
  • System identification and modeling for control; nonlinear control systems; automotive control systems; energy storage systems modeling, identification and control; robotics and automation; flexible mechanical structures; aerospace control systems; process control systems; welding control systems
  • Energy storage systems modeling, identification and control; automotive engine and powertrain control systems; combustion feedback control; after treatment systems modeling and control; torque converter control


S. Yurkovich, P. Misra, and R. Tempo, Eds., “Emerging Applications of Control and Systems Theory: A Festschrift in Honor of Mathukumalli Vidyasagar,” proceedings of the Workshop at UT Dallas, September 2017. 2018 - Publication
S. Rajagopalan, S. Midlam-Mohler, S. Yurkovich, K. P. Dudek, Y. Guezennec, J. A. Meyer, “A Universal Control Architecture for AFR Control of Gasoline Engines,” in IFAC Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 27, pp. 42 – 53, 2014. 2014 - Publication
B. Sampathnarayanan, S. Onori, and S. Yurkovich, “An Optimal Regulation Strategy with Disturbance Rejection for Energy Management of Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” in Automatica, Vol. 50, No. 1 (2014), Pages 128–140. 2014 - Publication
J. Meyer, S. Yurkovich, and S. Midlam-Mohler, "Air-to-Fuel Ration Switching Frequency Control for Gasoline Engines," in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 21, No. 13, 2013. 2013 - Publication
A. Al-Durra, M. Canova, and S. Yurkovich, “A Real-Time Pressure Estimation Algorithm for Closed-Loop Combustion Control,” in Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2013 (online version at 2013 - Publication
P. Tulpule, V. Marano, S. Yurkovich, G. Rizzoni, “Economic and Environmental Impacts of a PV Powered Workplace Parking Garage Charging Station,” in Applied Energy, Vol. 108 (2013), pp. 323-332. 2013 - Publication
Y. Hu and S. Yurkovich, "Battery Cell State-of-Charge Estimation using Linear Parameter Varying System Techniques," Journal of Power Sources, 198 (2012) 338-350. 2012 - Publication
J. Meyer, S. Yurkovich, and S. Midlam-Mohler, “A Model Based Estimator for Cylinder Specific Air-to-Fuel Ratio Corrections,” ASME J. Dynamics Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 133, No. 3, 2011. 2011 - Publication


Acting Director
Ohio State University [2007–2018]
Honda-OSU Partnership Program [2003–2011]
Visiting Professor
Universit Catholique de Louvain, Belgium [2001–2018]
Ohio State University [1996–2011]
Education Director
Visiting Associate Professor
University of Notre Dame [1992–2018]
Adjunct Professor
Ohio Aerospace Institute [1990–2006]
Associate Director
Ohio State University [1989–1996]
Assistant Professor
Ohio State University [1984–1989]