Motion Control and Drives Laboratory

Team Members


Founder

Ahmed Rubaai received his M.S.E.E. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1983, and his Dr. Eng. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1988. In 1988, he joined Howard University as a faculty member, where he is presently the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Chair. He is the Founder and Lead Developer of the Motion Control and Drives Laboratory at Howard University and is actively involved in many projects with industry, while engaged in teaching, research and consulting in the area of artificial intelligence. His research interests include built-in intelligent controller for high performance industrial drives, hardware testing in laboratory, research and development of intelligent applications for manufacturing systems and industrial applications.

Dr. Rubaai has extensive experience in high performance motor drives, electric actuation systems, development of neural networks and fuzzy logic software environments, engineering hardware testing in laboratory, and computer-aided design for undergraduate engineering education. He has worked with Amtrak, Army and NASA Glenn researchers on several projects as diverse as detection and classification of generic rail-road operations in a real time transportation environment, intelligent DC-DC converters, motor drive technologies, and the practical developments of electric motor drives and their related knowledge-based control structure. He has directed efforts on several research projects that required the management and control of many diverse activities and people.

Dr. Rubaai was an Executive Board Member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). He was the Chair of the Manufacturing Systems Development and Applications Department of the IEEE/IAS and past Chair of the Industrial Automation and Control Committee of the IAS. He was the recipient of the IEEE Industry Applications Society 2nd Prize Paper Award in September 2007, ASEE Division of Experimentation and Laboratory Oriented Studies Best Paper Award in June 2006, and the IEEE Industry Applications Society Honorable Mention Prize Paper Award in October 2002. He was also the recipient of Howard University Exemplary Teaching Award in April 2005. Prior to winning this coveted award, Dr. Rubaai was named "Professor of the Year" in 1997 and 1998 by Howard's School of Engineering. In April 2001, he received the ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Distinguished Educator Award. In June 2004, He received a Software Release Award from NASA Glenn Invention and Contribution Division.

Dr. Rubaai is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is currently the Division Chair for the ASEE Division of Experimentation and Laboratory Oriented Studies.


Alumni


Bill Allen is a Ph.D. graduate of Howard University. After 32 years working in industry, Allen returned to complete his Ph.D. with the goal of teaching electrical engineering. Allen received his B.S.E.E. from Georgia Tech, and MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University. Bill served as US Navy-Nuclear Submarine Officer and Engineering Duty Officer, Nuclear Engineer at Baltimore Gas & Electric Co-Nuclear Engineering, and consulting engineer. Allen is a retired Navy Captain and a registered P.E. in several states. He is a senior member of IEEE and member of Illuminating Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

His research interests include computer-based control systems, high performance industrial drives and their related knowledge-based control schemes, intelligent control applications on power systems, economics and optimization techniques, emerged technologies (artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, and expert systems), research and development of intelligent controls for manufacturing systems and industrial applications, and DSP-based control architectures.



Jan Jerry received her B.S.E.E. in May 2007 at Howard University, and her M.S.E.E. shortly therafter. Jerry's research interests include nonlinear switching and adaptive control of electromechanical systems-based ac industrial drives, signal processing, engineering hardware testing in laboratory, emerged technologies (artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, and expert systems), and DSP-based control architectures.





Paul Young received his M.S.E.E. from Howard University and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2004. Since 2004, Young has worked for ATK Space (formerly Swales Aerospace) in Beltsville, MD in the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls group. His research interests include applied nonlinear and adaptive control in the field of electric drives, kalman filter, adaptive observers, engineering hardware testing in laboratory, research and development of intelligent applications for manufacturing systems, and DSP-based control architectures.


Marcel J. Castro-Sitiriche (S’02, M’08) was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1978. He received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez in 2000 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Howard University in 2007. From 2007-2008, he served as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering atHoward University. In 2008, he joined the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez as a faculty member, where he is presently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of intelligent control using neural networks and fuzzy system techniques, electric motor drives, and DSP-based control architectures.


Abdul R. Ofoli (S’02, M’07) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana in 1999, the M. Eng. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

From 2001 to 2006, he was a teaching/research assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Howard University. In 2006, he joined Cummins, Inc.in Columbus, Indiana, where he is presently a senior control engineer. His research interests are in the areas of intelligence control of power systems and power electronics equipment with fuzzy logic controllers and artificial neural networks, fault diagnosis, microprocessor applications, and industrial networks.





Donatus Cobbinah (S’02, M’05) received the B.S.E.E. with honors in 1997 from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, and his M.S.E.E. in 2005 from Howard University, Washington, DC.

Currently, he is employed by Microsoft in Seattle, Washington as a software/hardware engineer. His research interests include research and development of intelligent systems, and high performance servo drives and their related knowledge-based control schemes.




Raj Kotaru was born in Kakinada, India. He received the B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, India, and the M.S.M.E. degree from Howard University in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He also received the M.S.E.E. with honors from Howard University in 2002. He is currently a Software Consultant for Orbital Sciences Corporation, Germantown, MD. His research interests include the application of neural networks to system identification and control, the dynamics and control of large flexible aerospace structures, numerical analysis, and object-oriented software development for scientific applications.


Daniel Ricketts was born in St Andrew, Jamaica, in 1976. He received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. with honors from Howard University in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

His current interests include research and development of intelligent applications (fuzzy logic and neural networks) for industrial applications, and the practical developments of high-performance servo drives and their related knowledge-based control schemes. Mr. Ricketts was the recipient of the 1997 and 1998 Howard University Athletic Academic Awards and the First Place Award for his undergraduate design thesis. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi.


Victor Udo has over 20 years of experience in the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electricity including the engineering, system planning, business, environmental impact, public policy and risk management aspects of the utility industry (electric and gas). He served on the New Jersey Governor’s Energy Task Force where they recommended aggressive but achievable renewable energy policy to the governor.

He is employed by Pepco Holdings Inc (PHI) as Manager, Business Planning and Research. Along with his risk management responsibilities at PHI, he also lead the R&D effort of developing and testing new technologies and innovations to address the contemporary problems of energy, environmental and economics of oil dependency challenges facing our nation.

Dr. Udo is a member of the Planning Board of New Castle County serving over 500,000 people in Delaware. In 2002, he received his PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. His dissertation research explored the pattern of sustainable development, local to global governance and electrical/electronic infrastructure management capacity of nations. He also holds MSc in energy and environmental management from the University of Pennsylvania, BSEE and ME from Howard University in Washington DC. He has written various news paper articles and refereed journal publications on electric power systems, governance/public policy issues and sustainability. He is a member of Rowan University Advisory Board for Electrical Engineering.

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