Prof. Vikram Kapila

Career Summary

  • Developed an externally funded research, education, mentoring, and outreach program with over 17.8 million dollars of funding.
  • Edited 3 books and published 7 chapters in edited books, 1 book review, 55 journal articles, and 116 conference papers. Citation statistics (Google Scholar)—Citations: 2700+, h-index: 25
  • Graduated 1 B.S.,17 M.S., and 4 Ph.D. students.
  • Mentored 35 undergraduate research students and 11 undergraduate senior design project teams; over 300 K-12 teachers and over 100 high school student researchers; and 18 undergraduate GK-12 Fellows and 59 graduate GK-12 Fellows.
  • Direct K-12 education, training, mentoring, and outreach programs that currently enrich the STEM education of over 1,100 students annually.

Research Interests
Mechatronics; Robotics; Smart Sensors; Cooperative Control; Distributed Spacecraft Formation Control; Linear/Nonlinear Control with Applications to Robust Control, Saturation Control, and Time-Delay Systems; Closed-Loop Input Shaping; Spacecraft Attitude Control; DSP/PC/Microcontroller-Based Real-Time Control; and K-12 STEM Education.

Teaching Interests
Statics, Dynamics, Mechanical Vibration, Measurement Systems, Automatic Control, Mechatronics, Advanced Mechatronics, Smart Systems, Robotics, Digital Control, Optimal Multivariable Feedback Control, Nonlinear Control, Robust Control, Instrumentation Laboratory and Real-Time Control Laboratory.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, Flight Mechanics and Control
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, March 1996 (Advisor: Professor Wassim M. Haddad)
    • Dissertation: Robust Fixed-Structure Control of Uncertain Systems with Input-Output Nonlinearities
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Dynamics and Control
    Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, March 1993 (Advisor: Professor Wassim M. Haddad)
    • Thesis: Optimal Control and Estimation for Discrete-Time Periodic and Multirate Systems
  • Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering and Management
    National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India, October 1988
    (Formerly known as Calicut Regional Engineering College)

Prof. Vikram Kapila

Office: RH 504, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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