Dr. Carlos Montalvo

Dr. Carlos Montalvo

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace Engineering


  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


My basic research interests include a combination of dynamic simulation, control system design and flight testing as well as inventing and developing new flight control algorithms and vehicle designs to improve performance of autonomous air vehicles which include fixed wing, rotorcraft, projectile, parafoil vehicles, and multi-body systems. The projects I have worked on are at the intersection of flight dynamics, control engineering and air vehicle design.


  • Maxwell Cobar and Carlos Montalvo: “Takeoff and Landing of a Wingtip Connected Meta Aircraft with Feedback Control”, Journal of Aircraft (2021), pp. 1–10. doi: 10.2514/1.C035787. url:
  • Nghia Huynh and Carlos Montalvo: “Simulation and Experimental Results of an Unmanned Towed System”. Proc. Inst. Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering 0.0 (June 2020). doi: 10.1177/0954410020934059. url: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0954410020934059
  • Sytske Kimball, Carlos Montalvo, and Madhuri Mulekar: “Assessing iMET-XQ performance and optimal placement on a small off-the-shelf, rotary-wing UAV, as a function of atmospheric conditions”, MDPI — Atmosphere 11 (June 2020), p. 660. doi: 10.3390/atmos11060660. url: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/11/6/660
  • Matthew Simmons and Carlos Montalvo: “Vibration Modes of an Electric Sail”, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics 43.7 (March 2020), pp. 1393–1398. doi: 10.2514/1.G004924. url: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.G004924
  • Sytske Kimball, Carlos Montalvo, and Madhuri Mulekar: “Evaluating temperature measurements of the iMET-XQ in the field under varying atmospheric conditions”, MDPI — Atmosphere 11.4 (March 2020), p. 335. doi: 10.3390/atmos11040335. url: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/11/4/335/htm
  • Collin Carithers, Kenneth Tucker, Maxwell Cobar, and Carlos J. Montalvo: “Control Optimization of a Novel eVTOL/Pusher Transport Aircraft with Known Faults”, AIAA Aviation 2019 Forum
    (Dallas, TX., 17-21 June 2019). doi:10.2514/6.2019-3269. url: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2019-3269
  • Carlos Montalvo and Harrison White: “Braking Control Law for a Barbell Electric Sail”, Acta Astronautica 160 pp. 1-6 (July 2019). doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.04.005. url : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576518316837


  • ME 228 Mechanical Engineering Analysis I

Faculty Advisor: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Chapter and USA Launch Society Student Chapter