University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Mustafa Khammash


Mechanical Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mustafa Khammash


Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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Research Description

Khammash’s research interests are in the area of control theory and its applications to engineering and to biological systems. His theoretical work lies in the area of robustness analysis and synthesis of interconnected dynamic systems, where he has developed methodology for the analysis and design of robust control systems under persistent disturbances and model uncertainty. His work also focuses on using control theory for the quantitative analysis of networks of dynamically interacting biological components, with the goal of reverse engineering these networks to understand how they robustly achieve biological function. He is currently developing computational methods for the analysis of stochastic dynamics and their applications in the area of Systems Biology.


Mustafa Khammash is the Director of the Center for Control, Dynamical systems, and Computations (CCDC) at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). He holds an appointment as Professor in the Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. He received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M University in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1990, both in electrical engineering. In 1990, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Iowa State University. While at Iowa State University, he created the dynamics and control program and led that control group until 2002. In 2001, he was a visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology. In May 2002, he joined the dynamics and control group in the department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prof. Khammash’s research interests lie in the general area of dynamics and feedback control and its applications in natural and man-made systems. He works in the areas of robust control theory, multi-objective control, systems biology. Khammash is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, the Iowa State University Foundation Early Achievement in Research and Scholarship Award, the ISU College of Engineering Young Faculty Research Award, and the Ralph Budd Best Engineering PhD Thesis Award.


  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems, and Computation
  • Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies


  • IEEE Fellow, 2007
  • Iowa State University College of Engineering Young Engineering Faculty Research Award
  • Iowa State University Foundation Early Achievement in Research and Scholarship Award
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (NYI)
  • Ralph Budd Best Engineering Ph.D. Thesis Award

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