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Dr. Matthew A. Franchek, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Subsea Engineering Program

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering


  • Areas of expertise

    • Subsea systems
    • Dynamic systems
    • Measurement and control
    • Information synthesis
    • Multivariable control theory
    • Diagnostics/prognostics
  • Awards

    • Rated number 10 of 25 Hottest Articles within Control Engineering Practice Journal by ScienceDirect in 2005 (Ingram, G. A., Franchek, M. A., Balakrishnan, V., Surnilla, G., "Robust SISO H-Infinity Controller Design for Nonlinear Systems, Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 13, Issue 11, pp. 1413-1423, 2005)

    • Surgery Mentee at the Texas Heart Institute on the implant of left ventricular assist devices and total artificial heart replacements (animal studies only)

    • Panel Member for an external advisory committee on Systems Engineering for Dr. John Wall, Chief Technology Officer at Cummins Incorporated, May 5, 2006

    • External Reviewer for a Doctorate Examination, Greg Shaver, Stanford University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, May 6, 2005

    • Invited Participant to the Seventh German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, April 29-May 1, 2004

    • Invited Participant to the Texas Academy of Scientist, Engineers and Physicians, January 2004 (Invited by Dr. Hussain)

    • 2002 Best Paper Award by the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control for the paper entitled ''H Synthesis of Nonlinear Feedback Systems in a Volterra Representation,'' Vol. 124, No. 3, pp. 382-389, 2002, co-authored with John Glass

    • 2001 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Young Investigator Award, Citation: For outstanding contributions to the art and science of controller design, particularly for controller synthesis in the frequency domain, sequential loop closure for multivariable systems, and nonlinear controller design, as applied to automotive engine control.

    • 1997 CASA/SME University Lead Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Computer and Automated Systems Association of the SME, In recognition of leadership and excellent in the application and development of enterprise-wide integrated manufacturing.

    • 1997 Feddersen Faculty Fellow, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, $25,000

    • Harry L. Solberg Best Teacher Award, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1994 and 1999

    • Citation for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, (Rated as one of the top 10 teachers), Multiple Awards

  • Publications

    • Kumar, P., Franchek, M., Grigoriadis, K. and Balakotaiah, V., "Fundamentals-Based LowDimensional Combustion Modeling of Spark Ignited Internal Combustion Engines,’’ American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (to appear).
    • Kessentini, S., Choura, S., Najar, F., Franchek, M. A., "Modeling and Dynamics of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine,’’ Journal of Vibration and Control, Volume 16, No. 3, pp. 2001-2021, 2010.
    • Mohammadpour, J., Grigoriadis, K., Franchek, M. and Zwissler, B. J., "Real-Time Diagnostics of the Exhaust Recirculation in Diesel Engines Using Least Squares Parameter Estimation,’’ Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Volume 132, pp. 011009-1—011009-8, 2010.
    • Anandampillai, S., Zhang, X., Sharma, P., Lynch, G. C., Franchek, M. A., and Larin, K. V., “Quantum dot-DNA interaction: Computational issues and preliminary insights on use of quantum dots as biosensors,’’ Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Volume 197, pp. 3378-3385, 2008.
    • Zhang, F., Grigoriadis, K. M., Franchek, M. A. and Makki, I. H., ``Transient Lean Burn Air-Fuel Ratio Linear Parameter Varying Control Using Input Shaping,’’ International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 318-326, 2008.
    • Sethi, V., Song, G., and Franchek, M. A., "Loop Shaping Control of a Model Story Building Using Smart Materials,’’ Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 19, No. 7, pp. 765-778, 2008.
    • Khalil, H. A., Kerr, D. T., Franchek, M. A., Metcalfe, R. W., Benkowski, R. J., Cohn, W. E., Tuzun, E., Radovancevic, B., Frazier, O. H., and Kadipasaoglu, K. A., "Continuous Flow Total Artificial Heart: Modeling and Feedback Control in a Mock Circulatory System,’’ American Society of Artificial Internal Organs, 54, pp. 249-255, 2008.
    • Franco, J., Franchek, M. A., and Grigoriadis, K., "Real-Time Brake Torque Estimation for Internal Combustion Engines,’’ Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 338-361, 2008.
    • Zhang, F., Grigoriadis, K. M., Franchek, M. A. and Makki, I. H., “Linear Parameter Varying Lean Burn Air-Fuel Ratio Control for a Spark Ignition Engine,” Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Vol. 129, Issue 4, pp. 404-414, 2007*.
    • Cunningham, P. J., and Franchek, M. A., ``An Instrumental Variable Method for Continuous-Time Transfer Function Model Identification With Application to Controller Auto-Tuning,’’ Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Vol. 129, Issue 2, pp. 154-162, 2007.
    • More publications on CV.
  • Patents

    • Power Management System and Method, Ingram, G. A., Franchek, M. A., and Chiu, G. C., US Patent 6427107.
  • Grants and Funded Research

    • Not available
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information

    W214 Engineering Building 2
    Phone:  713-743-2758 Fax: 713-743-4503