Steven Dubowsky

Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering

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Teaching Interests

Academic Degrees

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.M.E., 1963; Columbia University, M.S., 1964; Columbia University, Sc.D., 1971

Society Memberships

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Design, controls and dynamics of robotic, engineering and space systems

Positions Held at MIT

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Joint), 2006 – present; Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Joint); 1982 – present; Head, ME Systems and Design Division, 1983-1988; Associate Head, ME Systems and Design Division, 1982-83; Associate Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, 1982-1988

Positions Held outside MIT

Stanford University, School of Engineering: Visiting Professor, 2002-2004; Sandia National Laboratory, Visiting Scholar, 1996; California Institute of Technology: Visiting Professor, 1988 – 1989; The Naval Postgraduate School, Visiting Professor 1996; Laboratoire de Robotique de Paris, (Université Paris VI), Professeur Invité and Distinguished NATO Fellow, 1995; Cambridge University: Visiting Fellow Queens’ College and Visiting Professor Engineering Department, 1977 – 1978; University of California, LA (UCLA), School of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor 1971 – 1982; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hartford Graduate Center), Adjunct Lecturer , 1970 -1971; Perkin Elmer Corp., Optical Technology Division, Senior Engineer, 1964 – 1971; General Dynamics Corp., Electric Boat Division, Engineer 1963; American Electric Power Service, Engineer 1962.

Awards & Honors

Best Paper Award, 10th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots
Best Paper Award, World Congress of the International Federation for Mechanism and Machine Science
2002 – 2007
Elected Fellow, NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts
Best Paper Award American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (also received in 1982, 1978, and 1971)
Machine Design Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
IEEE International Conference, Best Paper Award, 1998, 1996
Distinguished Fellow, NATO (France)
Distinguished Fellow, CNRS (France)
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, UK Scientific and Engineering Research Council
Best Journal Paper, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division
Elected to 10-Year as Foundation Fellow, Danforth Foundation