Prof. James Longuski publishes his latest book

Event Date: November 21, 2013
Congratulations to Professor Jim Longuski on publishing his latest book, entitled "Optimal Control with Aerospace Applications."

Congratulations to Professor Jim Longuski on publishing his latest book, entitled "Optimal Control with Aerospace Applications." The book is co-written with Jose J. Guzman, Orbital Sciences Corp. Chantilly, VA, and John E. Prussing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.

In this book, it is noted that Optimal Control Theory has become such an important field in aerospace engineering that no graduate student or practicing engineer can afford to be without a working knowledge of it. The book does assume that the reader has the usual background of undergraduate engineering, science, or mathematics program with calculus, differential equations, and numerical integration.

The goal of this book is to provide the reader with sufficient knowledge so that he or she may read the literature and also apply the theory to find optimal solutions in practice.

Michael D. Griffin, Ph.D. NASA Administrator 2005-2009 and author (with James R. French) of Space Vehicle Design, was quoted in the book as follows: “Optimal Control with Aerospace Applications fills a huge void between Derek Lawden’s dated but classic 1963 text, Optimal Trajectories for Space Navigation and the exhaustive, and exhausting, treatment in Applied Optimal Control by Bryson and Ho. Modern in its approach an in its treatment of applications, this thorough but very accessible text is destined to become an instant classic.”

An extensive annotated bibliography list the references the authors found most useful with a second bibliography lists numerous papers and reports that demonstrate the vast range of related aerospace applications.

Curious quotations in Appendix D lets the reader know that many great minds and renowned authors have expressed their own concerns, often in humble and humorous ways, about the vast challenges that the calculus of variations and optimal control present.