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Professor Lagor's current research interests focus on estimation and control for autonomous systems interacting with their fluid environments. He joined UVA as an associate professor in August 2023 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with an emphasis on dynamics and control and a minor specialization in aerodynamics from the University of Maryland in 2017. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, he worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company where he was a Certified Principal Engineer of solar array drive assemblies for commercial and non-classified satellite programs. He holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania (2009), and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Villanova University (2006).


Ph.D., Aerospace engineering, University of Maryland, 2017

M.S., Aerospace engineering, University of Maryland, 2015

M.S., Mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

B.S., Mechanical engineering, Villanova University, 2006

Selected Publications

Information-based sensor placement for data-driven estimation of unsteady flows. J. Graff, A. Medina, and F. D. Lagor, AIAA Journal, 1-19, 2023.
Design of optimal wing maneuvers in a transverse gust encounter through iterated simulation or experiment. X. XU, A. Gementzopoulos, G. Sedky, A. R. Jones, and F. D. Lagor, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, 37, 465–484, 2023.
Physics of gust response mitigation in open-loop pitching manoeuvres. G. Sedky, A. Gementzopoulos, I. Andreu-Angulo, F. D. Lagor, and A. R. Jones, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 944, A38, 2022.
Reduced-order modeling for Dynamic Mode Decomposition without an arbitrary sparsity parameter. J. Graff, M. J. Ringuette, T. Singh, and F. D. Lagor, Aiaa Journal. 58 (9), 3919-3931, 2020.
Distributed flow estimation and closed-loop control of an underwater vehicle with a multi-modal artificial lateral line. L. Devries, F. D. Lagor, H. Lei, X. Tan, and D. A. Paley, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10 (2), 025002, 2015.

Courses Taught

Stochastic Estimation and Control Fall 2023


AFOSR Young Investigator Award 2021
UB SEAS Early Career Teacher of the Year 2020