Almuatazbellah M. Boker


Assistant Professor

Weisberg Division of Engineering

College of Information Technology and Engineering

Marshall University



Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex- Office: 2209

Office phone: (304) 696-5705


“Every writer is an inventor. And like the best inventors, the best writers borrow heavily from others” Christopher Cooper, the author of The Truth About Tesla.

Brief Biography  

1.BEng in Mechatronics Engineering, University of Leeds, UK, 2002.

2.MSc in Control Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK, 2003.

3.Assistant Lecturer, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, University of Benghazi, Libya, 2004-2008.

4.PhD in Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2013 (thesis advisor: Dr. Hassan Khalil).

5.Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, 2014-2015 (Supervisor: Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty).

6.Assistant Professor, College of Information Technology and Engineering, Marshall University, 2016-present.





1.Received a Research Initiation Grant from NASA to work on Output-Feedback Control of Combustion Instability.

2.Received a grant from IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach Fund to run a Control Systems Immersion Program for High-School Students in Benghazi, Libya.

3.Invited to give a talk titled “Towards Improving the Performance of Clustered Networks” at the 2nd Computer Science Symposium on Emerging Technologies, Marshall University on April 24th, 2018.  

4.A paper titled “Multi-Objective Optimal Design of Four Parameter PID Controllers”, co-authored with Dr. Y. Sardahi, accepted for presentation at the ASME Dynamics Systems and Control Conference (ASME-DSCC 2018).

5.A paper titled “Modeling and Output-Feedback Control of Systems with Netushil Rate-Dependent Hysteresis Nonlinearties”, co-authored with Dr. M. Al Janaideh, accepted for presentation at the the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC2018).

6.The paper, titled “High-Gain Observer-Based Distributed Tracking Control of Heterogeneous Nonlinear Multi-Agent Systems”, co-authored with Dr. C. Yuan, is accepted for publication at the 37th Chinese Control Conference (CCC 2018), to be held in Wahan, China, July 25-27, 2018.

7.The paper: Semi-global Output Feedback Stabilization of Non-Minimum Phase Nonlinear Systems, co-authored with Dr. H. Khalil, is accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

8.IEEE West Virginia Section/ West Virginia Tech, Invited Talk: Distributed Control of Clustered-Dynamic Networks.



Research Interests

Estimation and control of nonlinear systems; multi-time scale systems and singular perturbation methods; large-scale systems; distributed control and optimization; networked control systems, with applications to energy, robotic and sensor networks.




A full list of publications can be found here.


A poster about my PhD work on output feedback control of nonlinear systems can be found here. This was the Best Poster Award Winner at the 2012 Graduate Research Symposium, Michigan State University.


A couple of posters about my work on aggregate control of clustered networks can be found at the following links:

Poster#1 Poster#2.


Video Clip illustrating the clustering and aggregation concept



Mini-course on Composite Control of Networks via Singular Perturbation Theory, July 2016.




Prospective Graduate Students and Postdocs

If you are interested in working with me as a graduate student or a postdoc, please send me an email. I would be happy to consider it.




1.ME465 Mechatronics, Spring 2017.

2.EE210 Programming Lab, Spring, Fall 2017.

3.ME420 Instrumentation and Control, Fall 2016.

4.ME604 Research Methods, Fall 2016, Spring, Fall 2017.

5.ENGR104 The Engineering Profession, Fall 2016, Spring, Fall 2016.

6.ENGR111 Engineering Computations, Spring 2016.