Prof. Mario Garcia-Sanz is one of the pioneers in the QFT robust control arena. Over the last 25 years, he has developed new QFT control theory for multi-input multi-output plants, distributed parameter systems, time-delay processes, nonlinear switching and feedforward control. In addition, he has designed many commercial control solutions for industry and space agencies. Customers include NASA-JPL, ESA-ESTEC, US-AFIT, NRAO-GBT, GMRT, Gamesa, Acciona, MTorres, IngeTeam, CENER, Eaton, Enercon, Siemens, Iberdrola, Sener and others. With over 20 industrial patents and 200 research papers, he has been the Principal Investigator of over 50 funded research projects for industry, and has worked as an international expert on wind turbine design and control in patent litigation at the British Court. As a Full Professor at the Public University of Navarra and Senior Advisor for European wind energy companies he played a central role in the design and field experimentation of multi-megawatt wind turbines for industry, including the advice of many PhD students and engineers in the field. Dr. Garcia-Sanz is currently a Professor and Founding Director of the Control and Energy Systems Center, and the inaugural Maltz Endowed Chair in Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University (http://cesc.case.edu). He also has been NATO/RTO Lecture Series Director for Advanced Controls, Visiting Professor at the Control Systems Centre, UMIST (UK); at Oxford University (UK); at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA-JPL (California); and at the European Space Agency ESA-ESTEC (The Netherlands), and has given invited seminars in over 20 countries. He founded CoDyPower LLC, a consulting firm specialized on control systems, energy innovation and optimum planning of electrical distribution networks (http://codypower.com). Professor Garcia-Sanz's CRC-Press three books "Quantitative Feedback Theory: Theory and Applications" (2006), "Wind Energy Systems: Control Engineering Design" (2012), and "Robust Control Engineering: Practical QFT Solutions" (2017) are among the best-selling books in QFT and Wind turbine control. His QFT Control Toolbox for Matlab is considered as the top tool for designing QFT control systems. Dr. Garcia-Sanz is Subject Editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, and received the IEE Heaviside Prize (UK), the BBVA research award (Spain) and the CWRU Diekhoff Teaching Award (USA) among other prizes.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Professor Garcia-Sanz's main research interest focuses on bridging the gap between advanced control theory and applications, with special emphasis in energy innovation, wind energy, telescope control, spacecraft, water quality, environmental and industrial applications. The following quotes summarize his main interests:
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration". Nikola Tesla (1856-1943).
"If you believe in the frequency domain, you believe in QFT". Isaac Horowitz to Mario Garcia-Sanz (Pamplona, Spain), 2000.
"QFT provides one of the most practical robust control design methods available... It is now becoming a much more accessible and valuable method, mainly because the availability of good design software... Prof. Garcia-Sanz has developed a very easy to use design package". Michael Grimble, founder of the industrial control centre (Glasgow, UK), E-news August 2016.
"The most valuable companies in the future won't ask what problems can be solved with computers alone. Instead, they'll ask: how can computers help humans solve hard problems". Peter Thiel, co-fouder of PayPal and Palantir, in his book Zero to One, 2014.
"Thanks for making this amazing toolbox!!". "The QFT Control Toolbox proved to be an excellent tool for robust controller design!!". "One of the best courses I've taken!! CWRU students who attended Prof. Garcia-Sanz control courses.
"The investment in training will pay off in the long term. People can't deliver on what they do not know how to do... you have to upgrade capabilities... A well-trained team is often a company's most significant advantage --and an incompetent one its biggest liability". David Hoffeld, CEO Hoffeld Group, in his book The science of selling, 2016.