Craig Woolsey

Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering


PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2001
BME, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1995

Selected Honors

Virginia Tech Student Engineers Council Undergraduate Research Advisor of the Year
SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
ONR Young Investigator Program Award
NASA Institute for Advance Concepts Fellow
Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow

Selected Papers

“A maneuvering model for an underwater vehicle near a free surface,” T. Battista*, F. Valentinis, and C. Woolsey. (In review.)

“On averaging and input optimization of high-frequency mechanical control systems,” S. Tahmasian*, D. W. Allen*, and C. A. Woolsey. Journal of Vibration and Control (In press. Available online.)

“Time-optimal path planning for a kinematic car with variable speed,” A. Wolek*, E. M. Cliff, and C. A. Woolsey. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 39(10), pp. 2374-2390, 2016. 

“Energy-optimal paths for a glider with speed and load factor controls,” A. Wolek*, E. M. Cliff, and C. A. Woolsey. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 39(2), pp. 397-408, February 2016. 

“Dynamics of underwater gliders in currents,” S. Fan* and C. A. Woolsey. Ocean Engineering  84, pp. 249–258, July 2014.

“An efficient motion control system for underwater gliders,” N. Mahmoudian* and C. Woolsey. Nonlinear Engineering: Modeling and Application.  Vol. 2, pp. 63-77, 2013.

“Elements of underwater glider performance and stability,” S. Fan* and C. Woolsey. Marine Technology Society Journal, 47(3), pp. 81-98, May/June 2013. 

“Modeling, identification, and control of an unmanned surface vehicle,” C. Sonnenburg* and C. A. Woolsey. Journal of Field Robotics, 30(3), pp. 371-398, May/June 2013.

“Vehicle motion in currents,” P. Thomasson and C. A. Woolsey. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 38(2), pp. 226-242, April 2013.


Selected Projects

Motion Prediction & Control for Submarines in High Sea States, ONR, with E. Paterson

Biolocomotion Analysis and Design Using Geometric Control and Averaging Methods, NSF, with M. Hajj

Site Addition to the Center for UAS, NSF I/UCRC, with K. Kochersberger

Dr. Craig Woolsey
Dr. Craig Woolsey
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  • Office Location:
    224-11 Randolph Hall

    Mailing Address:
    215 Randolph Hall
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Personal Website

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