Herschel Pangborn

Applied AI Research

  • Dynamic modeling and predictive control of electro-thermal systems
  • Distributed and hierarchical control
  • Safety-assured autonomy
  • Energy management for vehicles and buildings

Externally Funded AI Projects

  • “Next Generation Numerical Methods for High Fidelity Trajectory Generation for Hypersonic Vehicles,” University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics
  • “Scalable Assured Functional Tactical Energy Autonomy,” Air Force Research Laboratory

AI-related Courses

  • ME 348: Circuit Analysis, Instrumentation, and Statistics
  • ME 455: Automatic Control Systems





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Herschel Pangborn
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering



The Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems (CAFE), pronounced café, brings together expertise from 75 researchers representing 24 academic units across Penn State with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary interactions. The center’s focus is on accelerating advances by synergistically advancing AI foundations and the techniques to deploy them efficiently toward applications focused on engineered and defense systems. CAFE provides opportunities for research partnerships, faculty/student recruitment, and technology transition to practice.

Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems

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University Park, PA 16802