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Saetti, Umberto

Saetti, Umberto

Assistant Professor
Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
Aerospace Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
3182 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Computational Science (Pennsylvania State University)
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Pennsylvania State University)
  • M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering (Pennsylvania State University)
  • B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)


  • 2022 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (ONR YIP) award

Flight dynamics and control, handling qualities, human-machine interaction, and time-periodic systems. In more detail, modeling, simulation, order reduction, and control of high-order models of the coupled flight dynamics, interactional aerodynamics, and aeroacoustics of rotary- and flapping-wing vehicles. These models are used for studies involving immersive extended reality (XR) simulations, human-machine interaction, synthesis of advanced flight control laws,  and development of innovative pilot cueing methods.

ENAE 635 - Helicopter Stability and Control

Fly by Feel - Can we Fly Without Vision?

Using Iron Man as inspiration, Assistant Professor Umberto Saetti discusses his lab’s work during recent TEDx talk.

UMD Aerospace Gets VR Flight Simulators

Augmented reality, haptics combine to create immersive aviation experiences.

Aerospace Engineering Welcomes Umberto Saetti, Assistant Professor

Saetti joins the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center faculty.