Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Subodh Bhandari
Recently, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Modeling and Simulation Technologies (MST) Technical Committee has named Dr. Subodh Bhandari, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, as a co-recipient of AIAA Best Paper in that category for the paper titled “14-DOF Linear Parameter Varying Model of a UAV Helicopter Using Analytical Techniques”.
The paper was presented during AIAA MST Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii in August 2008. Dr. Bhandari as the main author co-authored the paper with his Ph.D. advisor Dr. Richard Colgren. The paper is related to the work he did during his Ph.D. tenure at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. AIAA MST Conference is one of the prestigious conferences organized by AIAA annually. The conference is held every year in the month of August.
Dr. Bhandari’s expertise is in the field of Dynamics and Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with primary focus on the development of autonomous vehicles and robust unmanned aerial system. Since Dr. Bhandari joined the Cal Poly Pomona’s Aerospace Engineering Department in the summer of 2007, he has been actively working on his research on UAVs and has been awarded a number of internal and external grants.
Dr Bhandari will be using his expertise in UAV-related research to do much of the research under a just-funded Army Research Office (ARO) DURIP grant in the amount of $150K, in which he is the co-PI. This grant will study advanced control systems and autonomous flight operation of helicopters, which may also include use of our large-scale RMAX helicopter recently donated by the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dr. Bhandari has extensive experience with Remote Control (RC) helicopters and autonomous flight operations from his previous work at the University of Kansas.