Emmanuel Collins

Emmanuel G. Collins

John H. Seely Professor & Mechanical Engineering Dept. Chair
Director, Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics
Florida A&M University
Florida State University College of Engineering
PhD AAE 1987




"My career in industry and academia has been built upon research and my graduate education at Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics laid a strong foundation for my success as a researcher."

Emmanuel earned the Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue in 1987.  He subsequently joined the Control Technology Group at Harris Corporation, where he did research in the control of flexible aerospace structures, the subject of his dissertation research.  His work there on a NASA-sponsored project in 1991 led to the Honorary Superior Accomplishment Award from NASA Langley Research Center for "contributions in demonstrating active control of flexible spacecraft."

In 1994, Emmanuel was hired as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at his current institution, where he has been promoted to Professor.  He performs research and teaches courses in dynamics, control, and robotics.  In 2003 Emmanuel was the founding Director of the Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics, which formed a graduate program in Robotics that in 2016 was ranked by Grad School Hub as 11th in the nation.  Emmanuel has served as Department Chair since 2011.

In 1997 Emmanuel was granted the Developing Scholar Award by Florida State University (FSU) and in 2001 the Florida A&M (FAMU) University Special Recognition Award for Research.   In 2003 he was granted the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Research Award. 

In 2013 Emmanuel was elected as Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  In  2015 he was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Award for College-Level Promotion of Education.