N. Harris McClamroch

Professor Emeritus


Professor McClamroch taught courses and carried out research in diverse topics related to dynamics and control.   His research was in the fields of aircraft flight dynamics and control and spacecraft dynamics and control, but he also worked on problems in robotics, manufacturing, wheeled vehicles, and civil structures.   His teaching and research was based on nonlinear dynamics, nonlinear control, geometric mechanics, as well as optimization, estimation and mathematical systems theory.   He contributed new results on dynamics and control for both rigid bodies and for multi-bodies, based on novel geometric formulations of dynamics that evolve on a configuration manifold.   He was author or co-author of more than 250 refereed journal and conference publications.   He was the author of three books, including Steady Aircraft Flight and Performance published in 2011, and Global Formulation of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics on Manifolds: A Geometric Approach to Modeling and Analysis, co-authored with T. Lee and M. Leok, published in 2017.   He was the principal adviser for twenty-seven Ph.D. students.   His full career was at the University of Michigan, beginning in 1967; he retired in 2010.

Positions held at Michigan

Professor Emeritus (2010-present)

Professor (1977-2010)

Chair, Aerospace Department (1992-1996)

Associate Professor (1971-1977)

Assistant Professor (1967-1971)


  • University of Texas at Austin
    • PhD ’67
    • MS ’65
    • BS ’63


  • Fundamentals of flight
  • Flight dynamics and control
  • Nonlinear control systems
  • Dynamics and control of spacecraft
  • Flight and trajectory optimization

Research Interests

Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Spacecraft and Aircraft; Geometric mechanics, feedback control, optimization and estimation.

Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics


  • University of Michigan Distinguished Service Award (1970)
  • IEEE Fellow (1988)
  • Distinguished Member Award of IEEE Control Systems Society (1992)
  • President, IEEE Control Systems Society (1998)
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000)
  • HarrisFest (2002, 2010)