Mihailo R. Jovanovic - Biosketch

Mihailo R. Jovanovic was born in Arandjelovac, Serbia. He received the Dipl. Ing. and M.S. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004, under the direction of Bassam Bamieh. Before joining the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, he was a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Mechanics, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, from September to December 2004. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Control Science and Dynamical Systems. He has held visiting positions with Stanford University and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.

Professor Jovanovic's expertise is in modeling, dynamics, and control of large-scale and distributed systems and his current research focuses on sparsity-promoting optimal control, dynamics and control of fluid flows, and fundamental limitations in the design of large dynamic networks. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization and had served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board from July 2006 until December 2010.

Professor Jovanovic received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, an Early Career Award from the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment in 2010, a Resident Fellowship within the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota in 2012, the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2013, the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship in 2014, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2014. Papers of his students were finalists for the Best Student Paper Award at the American Control Conference in 2007 and 2014.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, 2014 American Control Conference, Portland, OR (as advisor).

  • U of M Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow, 2012.

  • U of M Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment Early Career Award, 2010.

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007.

  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, 2007 American Control Conference, New York City, NY (as advisor).

  • Outstanding Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2005.


  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004.

Advisor: Bassam Bamieh

  • MS, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 1998.

  • Dipl. Ing., University of Belgrade, Serbia, 1995.


With Francesco Bullo, the Vice President for Publication Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), during the IEEE CSS Awards Ceremony at the 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Florence, Italy; December 2013.


With Carl Meinhart during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California Santa Barbara; October 2014.

Image Credit: UCSB Mechanical Engineering.