UCSB Engineering

Brad E. Paden


Mechanical Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Brad E. Paden


UCSB Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Eng II, 2323
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070

tel: (805) 451-4995
fax: (805) 893-8651

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Research Description

Control of electromechanical systems. Nonlinear control theory.


Professor Paden received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1985 and is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Mechanical Engineering Department with a joint appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests focus on nonlinear control theory and its application to electromechanical systems. He was a visiting fellow at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia in 1988. In 1993, he won the Kalman Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control and the IEEE Control System Society Technology Award in 2001. In 2002, he was a distinguished foreign visitor and plenary speaker at the Brazilian Control Conference. He was awarded the 2010 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Draper Award. He was the opening plenary speaker at the 2013 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronics Systems. He has consulted for industry on the design and control of magnetic bearings, design of medical devices, and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Robotic Systems. He is a chairman and co-founder of LaunchPoint Technologies Inc. - a systems firm specializing in venture engineering. He has 17 patents and is an IEEE Fellow and AIMBE Fellow.


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers

Selected Publications

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