Craig A. Woolsey

Craig Woolsey is a Professor in Virginia Tech's Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department. Dr. Woolsey's research focuses on nonlinear control theory and its application to autonomous air and marine vehicles.

Since 2006, Dr. Woolsey has been a Core Faculty member of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS), an ICTAS / College of Engineering research center which facilitates interdisciplinary research in autonomous systems technology. VaCAS includes more than a dozen Core Faculty members from three engineering departments and more than two dozen Affiliate Faculty members representing eleven departments in three Colleges (Engineering, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Natural Resources). Research activities range from basic control and estimation theory to applications spanning every domain: water, land, air, and space. Dr. Woolsey served as the inaugural Director of VaCAS from 2006 to 2014.

Dr. Woolsey received the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2001. He has received the NSF CAREER award, the ONR Young Investigator Program Award, and the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Woolsey is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech
224-11 Randolph Hall (Mail Code 0203)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8117

Research and Advising

Research interests include nonlinear control, multibody dynamics, and autonomous vehicles, particularly atmospheric and maritime vehicles.

Graduate and undergraduate research assistants pursue a range of theoretical and applied research topics. Current efforts emphasize motion planning and control in significant currents, with applications to autonomous underwater gliders, small unmanned aerial vehicles, and unmanned surface vehicles.