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Gerald Cook

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 703-993-1699 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 3207
    4400 University Drive, MS 1G5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Gerald Cook is author of the textbook "Mobile Robotics: Navigation, Control and Remote Sensing" by Wiley Press and more than 150 papers and journal articles. Cook was a guidance analyst at the MIT Draper Laboratory on the Apollo project, an Assistant Professor at the US Air Force Academy and a lecturer at Colorado University, Colorado Springs. He received the B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the MS and ScD degrees in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to the early career appointments already  mentioned appointments, he e has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia, and was Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Cook became the Earle C. Williams Professor of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at George Mason University in June 1985. He was Chair of Electrical Engineering 1990 through 1998.

He received the Outstanding Research Award from the Southeastern Section of the American Society for Engineering Education in 1971, was named a Fellow of IEEE in 1984 and received the 1989 IEEE-IES Eugene Mittelmann Outstanding Achievement Award. He appears in more than a dozen Who’s Who listings. Cook was President of the Industrial Electronics Society of IEEE 1980-1982 and was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 1983-1990

Dr. Cook has supervised more than 30 masters and doctoral students, several of whom have gone on to careers in academia with some becoming department chairs. Others have served in important positions in industry and in federal laboratories including one at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who currently operates the Mars rovers.


DS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1965)

MS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1962)

BS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1961)

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Faculty Rank: Professor

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2005 - 2010 : GMUF: Controls and Robotics. Funded by George Mason University Foundation.

Research Interests

Optimal Control Theory