William Schmitendorf

Professor Emeritus

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3975


B.S., Purdue University, Engineering Sciences, 1963
M.S., Purdue University, Engineering Sciences, 1965
Ph.D., Purdue University, Engineering Sciences, 1968

Dr. Schmitendorf is interested in control theory and applications.

His research activities focus on the active control of buildings subjected to earthquake excitation, wherein the objective is to develop control algorithms and methods for active control of structures subjected to environmental loads such as earthquakes, strong wind gusts and waves. The resulting advanced control theories will be used to develop control algorithms and methodologies in designing controllers for large buildings.

Dr. Schmitendorf also is studying dynamic full-state feedback compensation to increase robustness. The goal of that project is to develop a theoretical basis and computation technique for using dynamic state feedback in robust control design, the problems of which arise in aerospace vehicle guidance and in the design of lightweight space structures.