The Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control (CENDAC) at Villanova University has one of the highest concentrations of controls-oriented faculty in the region. CENDAC is distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary teams, close collaboration with sponsors, and expertise in nonlinear dynamic systems theory and applications. The Center also creates an inclusive environment for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty from different engineering disciplines, to collaborate on a broad range of applications in the area of nonlinear dynamics and control.
Founded in 2003 by Mechanical Engineering Professor and then-Department Chair C. Nataraj, PhD, CENDAC was led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor James Peyton-Jones, PhD, from 2007 to 2011. From 2011-2018, Mechanical Engineering Professor Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, served as director. Today the center is led by Dr. Garrett Clayton.
The Center has collaborated with local and national industry partners, government agencies and research groups, including:
- Office of Naval Research
- National Science Foundation
- Ford Corporation
- Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Nonlinear System Control
- Nonlinear System Modeling and Identification
- Nonlinear System Analysis and Optimization
- Nonlinear System Prognostics & Diagnostics