Mehran Mesbahi

Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington


Guggenheim Hall 318E

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98105


I am a Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. I received my Ph.D. from USC in 1996, was a member of the Guidance, Navigation, and Analysis group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1996-2000 and then an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota from 2000-2002. My research group is the Robotics, Aerospace, and Information Networks (RAIN) Laboratory; I am the Executive Director of the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) and a member of the WA State Academy of Sciences. My research interests are distributed and networked aerospace systems, autonomy, and control theory and learning.

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Jul 10, 2022 Shahriar receives the 2022 excellence in teaching award! see the announcement ; congrats Shahriar!
May 31, 2022 Newsha passed her Ph.D. general exam. Congrats!

selected publications

  1. Vector-valued Privacy-Preserving Average Consensus
    Lulu Pan, Haibin Shao, Yang Lu, Mehran Mesbahi, Dewei Li, and Yugeng Xi
    arXiv Sep 2022
  2. Towards a Theoretical Foundation of Policy Optimization for Learning Control Policies
    Bin Hu, Kaiqing Zhang, Na Li, Mehran Mesbahi, Maryam Fazel, and Tamer Başar
    arXiv Oct 2022
  3. Riemannian Constrained Policy Optimization Via Geometric Stability Certificates
    Shahriar Talebi, and Mehran Mesbahi
    IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Oct 2022
  4. Robust Controller Synthesis for Vision-based Spacecraft Guidance and Control
    Newsha. Rahimi, Shahriar Talebi, Aditya Deole, Mehran Mesbahi, Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, and Amir Rahmani
    AIAA SCITECH Oct 2022
  5. A Customized First-Order Solver for Real-Time Powered-Descent Guidance
    Purnanand Elango, Abhinav Kamath, Yue Yu, Behcet Acikmese, Mehran. Mesbahi, and John M. Carson
    AIAA SCITECH Oct 2022
  6. Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks
    Mehran Mesbahi, and Magnus Egerstedt
    Jul 2010