Craig Woolsey

Professor

  • Ph.D., 2001, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
  • M.A., 1997, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
  • B.M.E., 1995, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

As a sophomore, I was invited to join an experimental research program in which a laser interferometer was being used to characterize a piezoelectric transducer for use in nondestructive evaluation. After three months of research, I had learned basic sampling theory, how to use Matlab to build and train a neural network, and how to identify a linear system from input-output measurements – all before I knew the definition of the Laplace transform. That early opportunity to stretch beyond my training had a tremendous influence on the evolution of my career. As a member of the AOE faculty, I enthusiastically promote similar “extracurricular engineering” opportunities for our own students, including engineering design competitions, undergraduate research, and internships or cooperative employment.

Courses I have taught at Virginia Tech include

  • AOE 3034 System Dynamics and Control
  • AOE 3104 Aircraft Performance
  • AOE 3134 Air Vehicle Dynamics
  • AOE 3234 Ocean Vehicle Dynamics
  • AOE 4004 State-Space Control
  • AOE 4984 Navigation and Guidance
  • AOE 6744 Linear Control Theory
  • AOE 5774 Nonlinear Systems Theory
  • AOE 6984 Geometric Control
  • AOE 6984 System Identification
  • My research interests are in the nonlinear dynamics and control of ocean and atmospheric vehicles. A unifying theme of my group's research is the development of energy-based nonlinear guidance and control methods that enable effective vehicle operation over a broader performance envelope than conventional, linear methods allow. 
  • Topical areas of expertise include: Lyapunov-based nonlinear control; nonlinear guidance; path/motion planning; vision-based control; biomimetic locomotion; multi-body dynamics; and autonomous system reliability.
  • Application areas of expertise include:  fixed-wing and multi-rotor aircraft, ocean surface vessels, and subsurface ocean vessels at all scales; vehicle autonomy for unmanned aircraft, unmanned surface vessels, and unmanned underwater vehicles; and in-situ sensing of ocean and atmospheric phenomena.
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 
    • Member, Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee, 2017-present
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Member, Control Systems Society
    • Member, Oceanic Engineering Society
  • International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
    • Member, Technical Committee on Marine Systems, 2017-present
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
    • Secretary, Ridge & Valley Chapter, 2016-present
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Senior Member, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 2017
  • Virginia Tech Student Engineers Council Undergraduate Research Advisor of the Year, 2015
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2008
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2002
  • ONR Young Investigator Program Award, 2002
  • 2001-present, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
    • 2014-present, Professor, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
    • 2008-2014, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head for Graduate Studies, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
    • 2006-2008, Associate Professor, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
    • 2001-2006, Assistant Professor, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Dr. Craig Woolsey
Dr. Craig Woolsey - Professor
  • (540) 231-8117
  • cwoolsey@vt.edu
  • Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
    Randolph Hall, RM 224-11, Virginia Tech
    460 Old Turner St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24061