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Alex Tsai, Ph.D., P. E.

no photoDr. Tsai is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He has worked in the private and public sectors as a mechanical engineer, and is currently licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Connecticut. His research interests lie in the multivariable adaptive control of hybrid systems as applied to alternative energy generation, mechatronic design, humanitarian engineering, and robotics.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico

Courses Taught

  • Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Statics
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratory
  • Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
  • Senior Capstone Advisor

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Tsai, A., D. Tucker, T. Emami “Multiple Model Adaptive Estimation of a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Gas Turbine Power Plant Simulator” Proceedings of ASME Power and Energy Conference, Charlotte NC USA, June 26-30, 2016.
  • Tsai, A., D. Tucker, T. Emami “Adaptive Control of a Nonlinear Fuel Cell Gas Turbine Balance of Plant Simulation Facility” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology Vol.11, Issue 6, September 2014.
  • Tsai, A., D. Tucker, D. Clippinger “Simultaneous Turbine Speed Regulation and Fuel Cell Airflow Tracking of a SOFC/GT Hybrid Plant with the Use of Airflow Bypass Valves” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, Vol.8 Issue 6, September 2011.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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