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Mahmut Reyhanoglu - Columbus State University

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Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Ph.D.

Professor / Program Director of Robotics Engineering

Earth and Space Sciences

Lenoir Hall Annex 102A

Engineering, Mathematics, Robotics

Education and Certifications

  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1982
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1984
  • M.S., Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1987
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, The University of Michigan, 1991
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, The University of Michigan, 1992


Dr. Mahmut Reyhanoglu moved to Columbus State University in 2021 as the Director and Professor of Robotics Engineering. Prior to joining CSU, he held the position of the Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor and Chair of Engineering at UNC Asheville from 2017 to 2021. He also held an Adj. Teaching Professor position in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. As the Director of NC State Engineering Programs at UNC Asheville, he managed both the Mechatronics Engineering Program and the 2+2 Engineering Programs at UNC Asheville. Dr. Reyhanoglu was also responsible for further developing the undergraduate research in the areas of robotics and autonomous systems.

From 1998 to 2017, Dr. Reyhanoglu held various administrative and faculty positions in the Department of Physical Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). From 1992 to 1998, he held visiting appointments in several institutions, including the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Dr. Reyhanoglu served on the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Editorial Board as an Associate Editor from 2001 to 2007, on the IEEE Control Systems Society as an Associate Editor from 1996 to 2001, and on AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee as a member from 1999 to 2002. He also served as International Program Committee member for several conferences. He is currently an Editor of International Journal of Aerospace Engineering and the Electronics Journal.

Since 1990, Dr. Reyhanoglu has taught both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the areas of mechanical and aerospace systems, dynamics, vibrations, controls, and robotics. His teaching philosophy is very simple: make the subject interesting; coursework should engage students and keep their attention. To this end, he focuses classroom lectures such that students can see the connection between what they already know and the new material, pulling in their knowledge from different courses.

Academic Areas

Mechanical, Electrical, and Aerospace Engineering with concentrations in nonlinear dynamics, controls, robotics, thermoacoustics, and astrodynamics

Research Interests

Dr. Reyhanoglu's extensive research makes use of advanced mathematical techniques and mathematical models that arise from fundamental physical principles. In his earlier research work, he established a theoretical framework for a class of inherently nonlinear engineering control problems using tools from differential geometric control theory. Dr. Reyhanoglu has applied his theoretical results to constrained dynamical systems, including wheeled mobile vehicles and space multibody systems, and to the control of underactuated mechanical and aerospace systems, including flexible robotic manipulators, autonomous marine vehicles, and space vehicles. His current research interests are in the areas of Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems, with applications to Unmanned Marine, Ground, Aerial, and Space Vehicles. Dr. Reyhanoglu's recent scholarly publications in these areas demonstrate his ability to develop and sustain a highly productive research program by working well with others. He has published five edited books, authored and/or co-authored five book chapters and over 140 peer-reviewed journal/proceedings papers, which have resulted in more than 7500 citations according to Google Scholar. Dr. Reyhanoglu has been named in Stanford University's global list recognizing the top 2% of the world's leading scientists ( Table-S6).

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