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About Us


The Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Industrial Program supports cooperative research efforts conducted by faculty, staff, and students in various departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. The ROMAC Industrial Program emphasizes theoretical and experimental research in general areas of rotordynamics, turbomachinery, structural dynamics, magnetic bearings, the application of automatic controls to the dynamics of rotating machinery, internal incompressible flows, the coupling of internal flows to the dynamics of rotating machinery, fluid film bearings, and seals. The interaction between industry and university professionals through the medium of ROMAC provides the university researchers with an understanding of practical industrial problems with rotating machinery while the industrial participants obtain timely research results.

The University of Virginia is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has put in place criteria to follow regarding operations and activity. The Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory, (ROMAC) is committed to following the guidelines put forth by UVA. Our concern is to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and industry members of our consortium. More information can be found here.

In consultation with the ROMAC Advisory Board, we have decided to hold the 2020 ROMAC Annual Meeting in an online format.  The Annual Meeting is still scheduled to take place June 8-12, 2020, and we are in the process of working out the details of how to do this.  The plan is to provide talks in a live format that will be recorded so they can be viewed at your convenience.  We are considering having time (perhaps the following week) for question and answer sessions, and we plan to capture questions and answers that can be viewed at your convenience.  And as usual the membership survey will be conducted online with the submission deadline being sometime during the second week. We will use the tools the University uses for online classes.

We feel the quarantines and travel restrictions, both domestic and international, will not be lifted in time to hold the meeting in person. We had hoped we would not have to do this, but together we all must do our part to protect each other and help to rid the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus. The University of Virginia acted quickly to do their part to protect students, faculty, staff, and health care workers at the Medical Center, and in turn the community.

As we move forward with these plans, we will keep you informed via email and the ROMAC website.

We continue to wish you and yours all the best as together we remain steadfast to protect ourselves and each other by working to flatten the curve.


Our Faculty

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Phone: 434-924-6342

Zongli Lin

Ferman W. Perry Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Programs, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Areas
  • Control Theory and Applications
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Coordinated Control of Multi-agent Systems
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Become a Member

Consortium members receive timely research results and are granted access to ROMAC design and analysis software, ROTORSOL, which solves the equations of motion in lateral, torsional, and axial directions. ROMAC maintains an extensive report archive and offers  a variety of short courses yearly to both members and non-members.  

If interested in becoming a ROMAC member, please contact us.


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