Brad E. Paden received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978, 1982, and 1985 respectively.
He is currently a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, with affiliated appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Technology Management Program. His research interests lie in the broad area of nonlinear control theory and its application to electromechanical systems with current emphases in the performance of MEMS resonant sensors, rail safety, and high-performance mechanisms. He is a co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of LaunchPoint Technologies Inc.
Dr. Paden received the Kalman Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, in 1993, the IEEE Control System Society Technology Award, in 2001, served as a plenary speaker at the 2002 Brazilian Control Conference, received the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Charles S. Draper Award for Innovative Practice, in 2010, and served as plenary speaker at the 2013 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems.
He has consulted for industry on the design and control of magnetic bearings, design of medical devices, and has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Robotic Systems. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, and an AIMBE Fellow.