William Messner joined Tufts School of Engineering in 2012 after more than 19 years in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he held secondary appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Robotics Institute. While at Carnegie Mellon, he co-developed the web-based tutorials for the popular software packages MATLAB® and Simulink®. He is a fellow of the AAAS and the ASME, and a winner of the Education Award from ASME's Dynamic Systems and Controls Division. Messner also received the EDUCOM Medal, which recognized his outstanding contributions to improving undergraduate education through information technology.
William Messner's research interests include automatic control systems with an emphasis on applications to data storage systems, robotics, microfluidics, and biological systems and instrumentation. He devises insightful and user-friendly methods for controller design.