Assistant Professor Ryan Caverly named a UMN McKnight Land Grant Professor

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/26/2024)—Earlier this winter, Assistant Professor Ryan Caverly was one of six College of Science and Engineering faculty members who were among 12 recipients of the 2024 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, an award given to early-career faculty who have the potential to make big impacts in their fields. 

Caverly’s research interests include dynamic modeling and control systems, with a focus on robotic and aerospace applications, as well as robust and optimal control techniques. Among his work is a NASA-sponsored project—that he was invited to discuss on "Spaceflight Mechanics: The Cornell Space Technology Podcast”—to develop a solar sail attitude control technology, which could enable future science missions for heliophysics and other deep space science.

Recipients are chosen based on merit, professional promise, quality of publication record, and originality and innovation in research achievements. They hold the designation of “McKnight Land-Grant Professor” for a two-year period and receive a research grant of $25,000 in each year of that appointment.

Read more about the work of the other CSE professors—and the additional recipients of the 2024 University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight University Professors