Curriculum Vita

Dan Simon, PhD
Cleveland State University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2121 Euclid Avenue, SH 332
Cleveland, Ohio, 44115


Work experience 1983-1999 in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, software, and process control industries.

Academic teaching/research experience 1999-present.

Skills and Research Interests

Control Theory, Signal Processing, Computer Intelligence, and Embedded Systems


1988 - 1991

Syracuse University
PhD, Electrical Engineering
Dissertation Topic: Optimal Robot Path Planning

1984 - 1987

University of Washington
MS, Electrical Engineering
Thesis Topic: Aircraft Trajectory Optimization

1978 - 1982

Arizona State University
BS, Electrical Engineering


2008 - present

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio
Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Responsibilities include teaching courses in control theory, signal processing, computer intelligence, and related topics. Also responsible for supervising graduate students, establishing joint ventures with government and industry, writing proposals and grant requests, conducting independent research, and publishing research results.

2003 - 2008

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio
Associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

1999 - 2003

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio
Assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

1998 - present

Innovatia Software
Copley, Ohio
Presently working as an independent consultant specializing in software engineering and the technologies listed above. Also taught electrical engineering and computer programming courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron.

1997 - 1998

Factory Automation, Control, and Technical Services (FACTS)
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Designed and developed multi-threaded process control software using object-oriented methodologies and Borland C++ Builder.


Instrumentation Metrics
Tempe, Arizona
Designed and developed Windows-based software for noninvasive blood sugar monitoring. Software included motor control and data acquisition. Software tools included LabView and Test Point.

1996 - 1997

Satloc Precision GPS Applications
Tempe, Arizona
Designed and developed a Kalman filter for position, velocity, and attitude estimation for agricultural vehicles. Developed an autopilot for steering crop dusting airplanes, and a servo system for automatically steering land-based farm vehicles.

1994 - 1996

TRW Vehicle Safety Systems
Mesa, Arizona
Developed software tools for automotive air bag test and analysis. Designed and built a real-time windows-based data acquisition and analysis system for air bag testing, a neural network for test data analysis, and various signal processing and filtering routines. Chaired the Data Acquisition Committee for international standardization of data acquisition systems. Primary development tool was Visual Basic.

1991 - 1994

TRW Systems Integration Group
San Bernardino, California
Developed the theory and software for an Extended Kalman filter which combined a missile Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) data with Global Positioning System (GPS) data for real-time missile navigation. Translated navigation requirements into GPS antenna and receiver requirements. Designed advanced Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) filters for GPS receiver design, including hybrid Kalman / H-infinity filters and fuzzy filters. Formulated a fault-tolerant neural network for optimal GPS satellite selection. Developed a software-based simulation of the missile range measurements by ground-based radar and GPS. Designed a classical controller for an antenna pointing system for the rail-based Peacekeeper missile.

1988 - 1991

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Courses taught and assisted include Analog Circuits, Control Theory, Robotics, Signals & Systems, and System Identification.

1983 - 1988

Boeing Aerospace
Seattle, Washington
Designed and tested the real-time flight software for the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) spacecraft. Wrote and tested Guidance, Navigation, Attitude Control, Telemetry, and Command Processing software. Collected and analyzed timing data for the flight software. Supervised the design of the uplink command formatting software.

 Publications, Memberships, and Awards

- Over $2.5 million research funding as principal investigator from the NSF, NASA, Cleveland Clinic, and industry

- Author of the text Optimal State Estimation (John Wiley & Sons, 2006)

- Author of the text Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms (John Wiley & Sons, 2013)

- Over 100 refereed journal and conference publications - see Publications Page for details

- CSU Faculty Merit Award 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

- Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

- Member of Eta Kappa Nu (

- Member of Tau Beta Pi (

- Reviewer of hundreds of books and technical papers

- Received the Boeing Aerospace Team Achievement Award in 1984 for Outstanding Contribution to the Inertial Upper Stage Program

- Received the Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship (the only one in the Electrical Engineering Department) for the 1990-91 academic year.

- Honorable Mention in the 1990 Student Paper Competition of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

- Received the TRW Key Award in 1993 for Outstanding Independent Research and Development Contributions

- Program Committee Member for many conferences

- Associate Editor for the journal Aerospace Science and Technology

- Associate Editor for the journal Mathematical Problems in Engineering

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Last Revised: March 24, 2015