This text is designed for an introductory undergraduate course in control systems for engineering students.
There is very little demarcation between aerospace, chemical, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering in control system practice: therefore this text is written without any bias towards one particular discipline. Thus, this book will be equally useful for all engineering disciplines and, perhaps, will assist in illustrating the utility of control engineering as a controlled discipline.
RICHARD C. DORF is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Known as an instructor who is highly concerned with the discipline of electrical engineering and its application to social and economic needs, Professor Dorf has written and edited several successful engineering text books and handbooks, including the best selling Engineering Handbook and the Second Edition of the Electrical Engineering Handbook. Professor Dorf is a Fellow of the IEEE and is active in the fields of control system design and robotics. Dr. Dorf holds a patent for the PIDA controller.
ROBERT H. BISHOP holds the Myron L. Begeman Fellowship in Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. A talented educator, Professor Bishop has been recognized for his contributions in the classroom with the coveted Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching. An active member of AIAA, IEEE, and ASEE, he recently received the John Leland Atwood Award from the American Society of Engineering Educators and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics which is given periodically to "a leader who has made lasting and significant contributions to aerospace engineering education." Dr. Bishop is a distinguished researcher with an interest in guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles.