• TEES Eminent Professor
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
James Hubbard Jr.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Professor Hubbard’s research interest include smart or adaptive structures, real-time shape control of both structures and optical systems, space/time filter design for control of distributed parameter systems, morphing aircraft, multi-rotor drone aircraft control, autonomous vehicles and associated systems. More recently he is pursuing quantum decision making and cognition for human-robot teaming, BCI and HMI. Professor Hubbard is the author of over 150 archival publications. Author of 3 books, two dozen patents and numerous book chapters and invited papers.

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics
  • 2018 Member, Texas Academy of Medicine, Science and Engineering
  • 2017 Fellow, Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies
  • 2017 Member, Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine
  • 2016 Lifetime Member, National Academy of Engineers
  • 2016 SPIE Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2015 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2012 Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow
  • 2002 “The Mass High Tech” Movers and Innovators award
  • 2002 recipient of the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award
  • 2000 was awarded “The Key to the City” of his hometown Danville, Virginia
  • 1999 recipient of SPIE, The International Society for Optical Engineering, Smart Structures Product Innovation Award.
  • 1993 Charles Stark Draper Engineering Vice Presidents Annual Award for Best Technical Patent for "Wideband, Derivative -Matched, Continuous Aperture Acoustic Transducer"
  • 1991 recipient of Charles Stark Draper Engineering Vice Presidents Annual Award for Best Invention for "Pressure Distribution Characterization System"
  • 1990 recipient of Charles Stark Draper Significant Patent Award for "Real-Time Wavefront Sensor for Coherent Wavefront Characterization"
  • 1979 recipient of M.I.T. Goodwin Medal for "Conspicuously Effective Teaching"
  • 1976 recipient of the Scott Paper Foundation Award for "Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership"
  • 1976 recipient of the M.I.T. Stewart Award for "Outstanding Service to the Community"

Selected Publications

  • Altenbuchner, C. and Hubbard Jr., J., Modern Flexible Multi-Body Dynamics Modeling Methodology for Flapping Wing Vehicles, Academic Press, 2017
  • James E. Hubbard, Jr. "Adaptive structures: a personal historical perspective (Conference Presentation)", Proc. SPIE 10168, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2017, 1016802 (11 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264809; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2264809
  • Grauer, J. and Hubbard, Jr., J., Flight Dynamics and System Identification for Modern Feedback Control, Woodhead Publishing 2013.
  • Grauer, J. and Hubbard, Jr., J., Morphing Aerospace Vehicles and Structures, edited by J. Valasek, Invited Chapter, John Wiley & Sons, Limited, Apr 27, 2012
  • Hubbard, Jr., J. Spatial Filtering for the Control of Smart Structures: An Introduction, Springer 2010.