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Dr. Weihua Su

Departmental Undergraduate Program Director, Associate Professor


  • 213 Hardaway
  • phone (205) 348-6728
  • fax (205) 348-6959
  • Email


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2008
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, 2002
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, 2000

Dr. Weihua Su is an associate professor at The University of Alabama and director of the Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics Research Laboratory.

He has extensive experience in finite element modeling, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, and structure optimization. Su’s research interests include aeroelasticity, flight dynamics, and control of flexible aircraft. Recently, he has focused on nonlinear aeroelasticity and control synthesis of flexible mission-adaptive aircraft, with adaptive and multifunctional structures and sensing technologies. He is also engaged in the design and analysis of novel Urban Air Mobility and Advanced Air Mobility vehicles.

Su’s work was recognized by the ASME/Boeing Structures and Materials Award in 2011. His research has been funded by NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Kennedy Space Center, as well as companies from aerospace and automotive industries.

Su is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He is an elected member of the AIAA Structural Dynamics Technical Committee. He is also a member of the ASME Aerospace Division Executive Committee and serving on the Structures and Materials Technical Committee. Prior to joining the faculty of UA, Su worked as an engineer at Tenneco Inc. and as a research fellow at the University of Michigan.

Affiliated Areas
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • Hang, X., Fei, Q., and Su, W., “On Tracking Aeroelastic Modes in Stability Analysis Using Left and Right Eigenvectors,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 57, No. 10, 2019, pp. 4447-4457. (doi: 10.2514/1.J057297)
  • Su, W., Qu, S., Zhu, G., Swei, S. S.-M., Hashimoto, M., and Zeng, T., “Modeling and Control of a Class of Urban Air Mobility Tiltrotor Aircraft,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 124, 2022, Art. 107561 (17 pp). (doi: 10.1016/j.ast.2022.107561)
  • Qu, S., Zhu, G., Su, W., and Swei, S. S.-M., “Linear Parameter-Varying-Based Transition Flight Control Design for a Tilt-Rotor Aircraft,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 236, No. 16, 2022, pp. 3354-3369. (doi: 10.1177/09544100221083713)
  • Huang, Y., and Su, W., “Updating Multi-Fidelity Structural Dynamic Models for Flexible Wings with Feed-Forward Neural Network,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 237, No. 7, 2023, pp. 1499-1510. (doi: 10.1177/09544100221128998)
  • He, T., and Su, W., “Robust Control of Gust-Induced Vibration of Highly Flexible Aircraft,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 143, 2023, Art. 108703 (14 pp). (doi: 10.1016/j.ast.2023.108703)

Awards and Honors

  • Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, 2024

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