Subbarao is third current College of Engineering professor honored as RAeS fellow

Aerospace engineer named fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society


Credit: UT Arlington

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) has elected Kamesh Subbarao, professor of aerospace engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, as a fellow of the world’s oldest professional body dedicated to the aerospace community.

Subbarao has been at UTA since 2003. He is a faculty member in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and a researcher in its Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory.

“It is an honor to be named a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society,” Subbarao said. “To be recognized by one’s peers for making contributions at the highest level of a profession is humbling.”

Subbarao has worked extensively on robotic controls and navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Under a current Office of Naval Research grant, he is creating metrics to evaluate the performance of multiple unmanned vehicles that operators will be able to use to predict vehicle behavior under mission-specific conditions. He also has received funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA and the National Science Foundation.

“Dr. Subbarao’s scholarship through archival publications and doctoral student advisement are outstanding and inspiring. He is highly deserving of this honor,” said Erian Armanios, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Subbarao is the third current professor from the department to be honored as an RAeS fellow and the second this year. Professor Luca Maddalena, who is also director of UTA’s Aerodynamics Research Center, was elected in February, while Professor and former Director of the Aerodynamics Research Center Frank Lu is also a fellow.

The Royal Aeronautical Society exists to further advance aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. Established in Britain in 1866, the RAeS has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace, seeking to promote the highest professional standards and provide a central forum for sharing knowledge. It now has more than 22,500 members and has become an international, multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.

Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society is the highest achievement attainable and is only bestowed upon those in the profession who either have made an outstanding contribution to the profession, attained a position of high responsibility or have had long experience of high quality in the profession.


Written by Jeremy Agor, College of Engineering

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