• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr. '45 Chair I Professor
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Permanent Member, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
  • 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

    • 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
    • Quantum decision making and cognition for human-robot teaming
    • Human-machine interface and brain-computer interface

Awards & Honors

  • 2022 ASME Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Award
  • May 2022 AIAA May Book of the month
  • 2021 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
  • 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

  • DIAS, J. N. and HUBBARD Jr., J. E. “Spatial Control of Spanwise Lift Distribution for Gust Alleviation”, AIAA Scitech 2019, (AIAA 2019-0108), doi: 10.2514/6.2019-0108
  • DIAS, J. N. and HUBBARD Jr., J. E. “Modal Identification of Aerodynamic Models for Spanwise Lift Distribution Control.” Journal of Aircraft (2020), pp 1-14, doi: 10.2514/1.C035710
  • Cunningham, M. A., Hubbard Jr., J. E., “Open-Loop Linear Model Identification of a Multirotor Vehicle with Active Feedback Control,” Journal of Aircraft, Accepted for Publication, Apr. 2020.
  • Mondragon, J. M., and Hubbard, J. E., " Mode Switching Phenomenon on Variable Cant Angle Wingletted Wings", AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, Florida, January 2020.
  • Weinstein, R., and Hubbard, J. E, “Global Aerodynamic Modeling Using Automated Local Model Networks in Real Time,” AIAA 2020-0762, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2020.