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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)


  • 2024 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award
  • 2022 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) award

  • Rotary- and flapping-wing vehicles
  • Modeling, simulation, and order reduction
  • Flight dynamics and control
  • Aeromechanics
  • Rotorcraft handling qualities
  • System identification
  • Time-periodic systems
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Virtual, augmented, and extended reality (VR/AR/XR)

ENAE 635 - Helicopter Stability and Control

ENAE 432 - Control of Aerospace Systems

When Vision Fails, a Suit Could Steer Pilots to Safety

Aerospace Engineering faculty member Umberto Saetti is developing new ways to navigate.

Seven Maryland Students Receive Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships

Awards recognize the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight.

Six Clark School Faculty Receive 2024 DURIP Awards

DURIP awards support university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense.

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.