Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Areas of Expertise

spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control; full N body problem, orbital mechanics and
spaceflight dynamics; fractional control, stability and control of time-delayed systems; hovering in
small body environments; nonlinear dynamics, perturbation methods, and chaos analysis;
nonlinear vibration; structural dynamics.

Dr. Morad Nazari joined the COE in August 2017 as Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering. Previously, he was a research associate in the department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from New Mexico State University. His research interests include spacecraft control, geometric mechanics, and fractional order systems. He has published/co-authored two book chapters and several journal articles in Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Acta Astronautica, and Nonlinear Dynamics, among others. He serves as a reviewer for more than 20 journals including Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and Nonlinear Dynamics. Dr. Nazari enjoys camping, climbing, volleyball, and ping pong in his spare time.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, New Mexico State University

  • AE 313: Space Mechanics

(at institutes other than ERAU): Engineering Dynamics; Mechanical Vibrations; Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems Orbital Mechanics and Space Flight


Book Chapters
[B1]. E. A. Butcher, A. Dabiri, and M. Nazari, Stability and Control of Fractional Periodic Time-Delayed Systems, invited chapter in Advances in Delays and Dynamics, Time Delay Systems, Part of the Advances in Delays and Dynamics book series (ADVSDD, volume 7), pp 107-125, Springer, 2017.

[B2]. E. A. Butcher, O. Bobrenkov, M. Nazari, and S. Torkamani, Estimation and Control in Time-Delayed Dynamical Systems using the Chebyshev Spectral Continuous Time Approximation and Reduced Liapunov-Floquet Transformation, invited chapter in Recent Advances in Analysis and Control of Time-delayed Dynamical Systems, ed. J.-Q. Sun and Q. Ding, World Scientific / Higher Education Press, Beijing 2013.

Journal Articles
[J1]. A. Dabiri, E. A. Butcher, M. Poursina, and M. Nazari, Optimal Periodic-gain Fractional Delayed State Feedback Control for Linear Fractional Periodic Time-delayed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, in press.

[J2]. A. Dabiri, E. A. Butcher, and M. Nazari, Coefficient of Restitution in Fractional Viscoelastic Compliant Impacts using Fractional Chebyshev Collocation, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 388, pp. 230–244, 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2016.10.013. 

[J3]. M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, and W. Anthony, Earth-Moon L1 Libration Point Orbit Continuous Stationkeeping Control using Time-Varying LQR and Backstepping, International Journal of Dynamics and Control, 2016, doi: 10.1007/s40435-016-0256-8.

[J4]. M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, T. Yucelen, and A. K. Sanyal, Decentralized Consensus Control of a Rigid Body Spacecraft Formation in Orbit with Communication Delay, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 39(4), pp. 838-851, doi: 10.2514/1.G001396. 

[J5]. E. A. Butcher, A. Dabiri, and M. Nazari, Transition Curve Analysis of Linear Fractional Periodic Time-Delayed Systems via Explicit Harmonic Balance Method, Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, 11(4), 2016, doi: 10.1115/1.4031840.

[J6]. A. Mesbahi, M. Haeri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Fractional Delayed Damped Mathieu Equation, International Journal of Control, International Journal of Control, 88(3), 2015, doi: 10.1080/00207179.2014.971430.

[J7]. M. Nazari and E. A. Butcher, Fuel efficient periodic gain control strategies for spacecraft relative motion in elliptic chief orbits, International Journal of Dynamics and Control, International Journal of Dynamics and Control, 4(1), pp. 104-122, 2014, doi: 10.1007/s40435-014-0126-1.

[J8]. M. Nazari, R. Wauson, T. Critz, E. A. Butcher, and D. J. Scheeres, Observer-Based Body-Frame Hovering Control Over a Tumbling Asteroid, Acta Astronautica, 102, 2014, pp. 124–139, doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.05.016

[J9]. M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, and O. A. Bobrenkov, Optimal feedback control strategies for periodic delayed systems, International Journal of Dynamics and Control, 2(1), 2014, pp. 102–118, doi: 10.1007/s40435-013-0053-6.

[J10]. M. Nazari and E. A. Butcher, Stability and Hopf Bifurcation Analysis of Delayed Feedback Spin Stabilization of a Rigid Spacecraft, Nonlinear Dynamics, 74(3), 2013, pp. 801–817, doi: 10.1007/s11071-013-1006-5.

[J11]. M. Nazari and E. A. Butcher, On the Stability and Bifurcation Analysis of Dual-Spin Spacecraft, Acta Astronautica, 93, 2014, pp. 162–175, doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.07.010.

[J12]. M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, and H. Schaub, Spacecraft Attitude Stabilization using Nonlinear Delayed Multi-Actuator Control and Inverse Dynamics, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 36(5), 2013, pp. 1440–1452, doi: 10.2514/1.58249.

[J13]. O. A.Bobrenkov, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, On the Analysis of Periodic Delay Differential Equations with Discontinuous Distributed Delays, Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, 7(3), 2012, doi: 031010.1-031010.12.

[J14]. M. Sari, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Effects of Damaged Boundaries on the Free Vibration of Kirchhoff Plates: Comparison of Perturbation and Spectral Collocation Solutions, Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, 7(1), 2012, doi: 011011.1-011011.11.

[J15]. F. Bakhtiari-Nejad and M. Nazari, Nonlinear vibration analysis of isotropic cantilever plate with viscoelastic laminate, Nonlinear Dynamics, 56(4), 2009, pp. 325–356, doi: 10.1007/s11071-008-9401-z.


Conference Papers
[C1]. M. Nazari, M. Maadani, E. A. Butcher, and T. Yucelen, Morse-Lyapunov-Based Control of
Rigid Body Motion on TSE(3) via Backstepping, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Conference, Kissimmee, FL, January 8-12, 2018.

[C2]. M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, and A. K. Sanyal, Fractional Control of Rigid Body Attitude
Dynamics Using Exponential Coordinates, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Conference, Kissimmee, FL, January 8-12, 2018.

[C3]. E. Arabi, S. B. Sarsilmaz, T. Yucelen, M. Maadani, E. A. Butcher, and M. Nazari, Adaptive
Control of a Rigid Body Vehicle on Exponential Coordinates with Guaranteed Performance,
AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee, FL, January 8-12, 2018.

[C4]. A. Dabiri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Adaptive Neural-Fuzzy Inference System To
Control Dynamical Systems with Fractional Order Dampers, American Control Conference
(ACC), Seattle, WA, May 24-26, 2017.

[C5]. A. Dabiri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Chaos analysis and control in fractional-order
systems using fractional Chebyshev collocation method, International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Paper No. IMECE2016-67909, Phoenix, AZ, November
11-17, 2016.

[C6]. A. Dabiri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Linguistic Fuzzy Logic Control of Double Inverted
Pendulum with Destabilizing Fractional Dampers, International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Paper No. IMECE2016-67979, Phoenix, AZ, November
11-17, 2016.

[C7]. E. A. Butcher, M. Nazari, A. Dabiri, and A.K. Sanyal, Fractional PID Control of Spacecraft
Attitude Dynamics using Rotation Matrices, 67th International Astronautical Congress,
Guadalajara, Mexico, 26-30 September 2016.

[C8]. A. Dabiri, E. A. Butcher, and M. Nazari, Modeling One-Dimensional Fractional Impact
Using Basic Fractional Viscoelastic Models, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International
Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering
Conference (IDETC/CIE), August 21-26, 2016, Charlotte, NC, 2016 (Best paper award).

[C9]. A. Dabiri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, The Spectral Parameter Estimation Method for
Parameter Identification of Linear Fractional Order Systems, American Control Conference
(ACC), Boston, MA, July 6-8, 2016.

[C10]. A. Dabiri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Optimal Fractional State Feedback Control for
Linear Fractional Periodic Time-Delayed Systems, American Control Conference (ACC),
Boston, MA, July 6-8, 2016.

[C11]. A. Dabiri, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Explicit Harmonic Balance Method for Transition
Curve Analysis of Linear Fractional Periodic Time-Delayed Systems, 12th IFAC Workshop on
Time Delay Systems, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015.

[C12]. E. A. Butcher and M. Nazari, Decentralized Relative Position and Attitude Consensus
Control of a Spacecraft Formation with Communication Delay, 25th AAS/AIAA Space Flight
Mechanics Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, 2015.

[C13]. M. Nazari, W. Anthony, and E. A. Butcher, Continuous Control Strategies for Halo Orbit
Stationkeeping Based on Techniques for Time Periodic Systems, 24th AAS/AIAA Space
Flight Mechanics Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 4-7, 2014.

[C14]. E.A. Butcher and M. Nazari, Approximate Transition Boundaries in the Fractional Delayed
Mathieu Equation, 8th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, Vienna, Austria, July
6-14, 2014. (invited talk)

[C15]. E.A. Butcher and M. Nazari, Optimal Control of Spacecraft Motion in Time-Periodic
Astrodynamic Systems, 8th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, Vienna, Austria, July
6-14, 2014. (invited talk)

[C16]. M. Nazari, R. Wauson, T. Critz, E. A. Butcher, and D. J. Scheeres, Observer-Based
Body-Frame Hovering Control Over a Tumbling Asteroid, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics
Specialist Conference, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, August 11-15, 2013.

[C17]. M. Nazari, A. Mesbahi, and E. A. Butcher, On Control of Spacecraft Relative Motion in the
Case of an Elliptic Keplerian Chief, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Hilton
Head Island, South Carolina, August 11-15, 2013 (Best session presentation).

[C18]. M. Nazari, O. A. Bobrenkov, and E. A. Butcher, Feedback Control of Periodic Delayed
Systems, ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and
Computers and Information, Oregon, Portland, August 4-7, 2013.

[C19]. S. Torkamani, M. Nazari, E. Samiei, and E. A. Butcher, Observer-Based Delayed Feedback
Attitude Control for Single- and Multi-Actuator Maneuvers, American Control Conference
(ACC), Washington DC, June 17-19, 2013 (Best session presentation).

[C20]. M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, and C. D. Hall, On the Stability Investigation of Single- and
Dual-Spin Spacecraft, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Minnesota,
Minneapolis, August 13-16, 2012.

[C21]. A. Larsen, T. Critz, W. Anthony, M. Nazari, M. Ziabakhsh-Deilami, E. A. Butcher, G.
Born, and J. McMahon, Optimal Transfers with Guidance to the Earth-Moon L1 and L3
Libration Points using Invariant Manifolds: A Preliminary Study, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics
Specialist Conference, Minnesota, Minneapolis, August 13-16, 2012.

[C22]. M. Nazari, E. Samiei, E. A. Butcher, and H. Schaub. Attitude Stabilization Using Nonlinear
Delayed Actuator Control With an Inverse Dynamics Approach, AAS/AIAA Space flight
Mechanics Meeting, Charleston, SC, Paper No. 12-237, South Carolina, Charleston, January
29 - February 2, 2012.

[C23]. E. Samiei, M. Nazari, E. A. Butcher, and H. Schaub, Delayed Feedback Control of Rigid
Body Attitude using Neural Networks and Lyapunov-Krasovskii Functionals, AAS/AIAA
Space flight Mechanics Meeting, Charleston, SC, Paper No. 12-168, South Carolina,
Charleston. January 29 - February 2, 2012.

[C24]. O. A. Bobrenkov, M. Nazari, and E.A. Butcher, On the Analysis of Periodic Delay
Differential Equations with Discontinuous Distributed Delays, proceedings of 8th
International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, District
of Columbia, Washington, August 28-31, 2011.

[C25]. M. Sari, M. Nazari, and E. A. Butcher, Free Vibration Analysis of Kirshhoff Plates with
Damaged Boundaries by the Chebyshev Collocation and Perturbation Methods, Proceedings
of ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems,
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, September 28 - October 1, 2010.

[C26]. F. Bakhtiari-Nejad and M. Nazari, Nonlinear vibration analysis of rectangular plate with
viscoelastic laminate, 15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV15),
Daejeon, South Korea, Korea (South), Daejeon, July 6-10, 2008.

[C27]. M. Nazari and F. Bakhtiari-Nejad, Vibration analysis of Rectangular plates, 6th annual
International Conference on Mechanical Engineering (ISME), University of Shahid Bahonar,
Iran, Kerman, July 1-4, 2008.

[C28]. M. Nazari and F. Bakhtiari-Nejad, Transverse vibration analysis of plates with at least two
sequent free edges-Part II: Nonlinear analysis, 7th International Conference of Aerospace
Science and Technology, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, Tehran, February 1-4, 2008.

[C29]. M. Nazari and F. Bakhtiari-Nejad, Transverse vibration analysis of plates with at least two
sequent free edges-Part I: Linear analysis, 7th International Conference of Aerospace Science
and Technology, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, Tehran, February 1-4, 2008.

[C30]. M. Nazari, Rollover analysis of vehicles with two axles (in Persian), 5th annual International
Conference on Mechanical Engineering (ISME), Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran,
Tehran, July 1-4, 2007.


- (Aug 2017) Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

- (Jan 2016 - Dec 2016 & Jan 2014 - Dec 2014) Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Arizona

- (Jan 2015 - Dec 2015) Adjunct Faculty, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Toledo


ASME, Member (2012 - present)
AIAA, Member (2012 - present)
SIAM, Member (2013 - present)
Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society, Member (2012 - lifetime)


(2016) Excellent reviewer for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGCD) between Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016 

(2016) Best paper award, ASME/IDETC conference, Charlotte, NC (with A. Dabiri and E. A. Butcher)

(2013) Best session presentation, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference  

(2013) Best session presentation, American Control Conference

(2013) Outstanding graduate award, New Mexico State University

(2013) Merit-based enhancement fellowship award, New Mexico State University

(2005) Ranked 1st nationwide in the national graduate school entrance exam on Applied Mechanics
(among more than 5000 participants nationwide), Tehran, Iran

(2000) Top 0.1% rank in the national university entrance exam, Tehran, Iran