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White House Honors UC San Diego Engineering Professor Miroslav Krstic With Presidential Award For Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 10, 1999 Dr. Miroslav Krstic (cq), an associate professor of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science at UC San Diego’s Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering, today received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers during ceremonies at the White House.

"You are a shining example to future generation of researchers. You represent the best of the group of scientists and engineers who will be responsible for America’s 21st Century greatness," said Neal Lane, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, in a White House commendation letter to Dr. Krstic.

The White House selected recipients for the Presidential honor today from among winners of other prestigious national awards such as the Office of Naval Research’s Young Investigator Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and other equivalent awards from NASA, The Department of Energy and other key agencies.

Krstic is the first engineer in the field of control systems to receive the Presidential Award. Krstic previously won the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, which carried three-year funding at the $350,000 level. Today’s Presidential Award will provide two additional years of funding for a total of a five-year, $550,000 grant. Krstic will use the funds to study control of combustion instabilities, and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Krstic is also this year’s winner of the George S. Axelby Award for the best paper in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) Transactions on Automatic Control. He also received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 1996.

Krstic’s two books on adaptive and robust control of nonlinear dynamic systems are considered the main references in this new area of control theory. Among other projects, Krstic invented a simple strategy to make jet engines more efficient and safe. This project is funded by the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Scientific Research.

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