The Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control (CENDAC) is a Villanova University College of Engineering Research Center. Developed to establish and enhance partnerships with government and industry in the area of multi-disciplinary nonlinear systems, CENDAC narrows the gap between abstract theoretical research and real-world applications. The Center also creates an inclusive environment for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty from different engineering disciplines, to work together under the umbrella of nonlinear dynamics and control topics.
Founded by Mechanical Engineering Professor C. Nataraj, PhD, in 2003, CENDAC was led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor James Peyton-Jones, PhD, from 2007 to 2011 when Mechanical Engineering Professor Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, was named the current director. Throughout the past decade, the Center has collaborated with local and national industry partners, government agencies, and research groups, including the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, Ford Corporation, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.