Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
Randal W. Beard received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1991, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1993, the M.S. degree in mathematics in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1995, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. Since 1996, he has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, where he is currently a professor. In 1997 and 1998, he was a Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. In 2006-2007 he was a research associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, FL.
His primary research focus is autonomous control of micro unmanned air vehicles and multiple vehicle coordination and control. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a senior member of AIAA, and is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine and for the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. In 1998 and 2004 he was voted the outstanding teacher in the BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department by graduating seniors, and in 2002 he received the Outstanding Professor award from the BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 2004 he received the Young Scholar award, in 2006 he received the Technology Transfer award, and in 2009 he received the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts award, all from Brigham Young University.
New book published by Princeton University Press:
Project files, lecture materials, and other resources at http://uavbook.byu.edu.