Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Areas of Expertise

​Control Theory and Aerospace Systems Applications, Adaptive Control, Infinite Dimensional Systems Theory, Control of Quantum Systems, Evolving Systems, Modern Engineering Mathematics.

Mark Balas is presently distinguished faculty in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was the Guthrie Nicholson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming. 

He has the following technical degrees: 

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • MS Electrical Engineering
  • MA Mathematics
  • BS Electrical Engineering

He has held various positions in industry, academia, and government. Among his careers, he has been a university professor for more than 35 years with RPI, MIT, University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of Wyoming, and has mentored 42 doctoral students. He has more than 300 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 U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory-Kirtland AFB, the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA Ames Research Center, and was the Associate Director of the University of Wyoming Wind Energy Research Center and adjunct faculty with the School of Energy Resources. 

He is a life fellow of the AIAA and a life fellow of the IEEE. Probably, he will be most well known for the fact that his daughter Maggie is the prominent Denver drum and bass DJ known as Despise.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, University of Denver
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Denver

  • AE 800: Dissertation