John and Cathi Drake Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Parker specializes in dynamic system modeling and control. His application areas include land, air, space, and sea with recent funding from ONR, NAVSEA, DARPA, AFOSR and ARL. Recent projects focus on model predictive control for thermal/electrical energy management, machine learning control of wave energy converters and unpiloted underwater vehicles and survivability-optimal control of surface vessels. Prior to his position at Michigan Tech he worked for four years at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque on a variety of vibration control applications and three years at General Dynamics Space Systems on guidance and control of launch vehicles.