Dr. Mark J. Balas

Dr. Mark Balas is the Leland T. Jordan Professor of Dynamical Systems at the Texas A&M University. He has the following technical degrees: PhD in Mathematics, MS Electrical Engineering, MA Mathematics, and BS Electrical Engineering. He has held various positions in industry, academia, and government. Among his careers, he has been a university professor for over 45 years with University of Tennessee, RPI, MIT, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Wyoming, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has mentored 45 doctoral students to completion of their degrees. He has over 350 publications in archive journals, refereed conference proceedings and technical book chapters. He has been visiting faculty with the Institute for Quantum Information and the Control and Dynamics Division at the California Institute of Technology, the US Air Force Research Laboratory-Kirtland AFB, the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA Ames Research Center. He is a life fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is the recipient of the AIAA GNC Control Systems Heritage Lifetime Achievement award 2018. But, if he is ever well-known, it will be as the father of the prominent Denver Drum and Bass DJ known as Despise, who is his daughter Maggie; now Doctor Despise (Molecular Biology).