Christopher Aksland

  • Resume
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering – University of Illinois (May 2022)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Illinois (Dec 2019)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Illinois (May 2017)
  • Research Interests: Control Systems, Power Systems


    Current Work

    Improved power management techniques are required for electrified vehicles to operate with optimal performance and safety. Existing research shows strong coupling between the electrical and thermal domains for various the components found in electrified system, the most notable being the battery pack. Chris’ research focuses on the modeling and control for electrified vehicles at the intersection of the electrical and thermal domain. By capturing both the electrical and thermal dynamics of a vehicle system, improved decisions can be made on how to best manage the power flow between components. Ongoing work includes the multi-domain and multi-timescale control of hybridized systems.




    [1] Aksland, C.T., and Alleyne, A.G., “Experimental Model and Controller Validation for a Series Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” Proc. of the 2020 American Control Conference, July 2020. (submitted)

    [2] Aksland, C.T., Bixel, T.W., Raymond, L.C., Rottmayer, M.A., and Alleyne, A.G., “Graph-Based Electro-Mechanical Modeling of a Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Real-Time Applications,” Proc. of the 2019 American Control Conference, July 2019. [PDF]

    [3] Garrow, S.G., Aksland, C.T., Sharma, S. and Alleyne, A.G., “Integrated Modeling for Battery Electric Vehicle Transcritical Thermal Management System,” Proc. of the 2018 American Control Conference, June 2018. [PDF]

    [4] Aksland, C.T., Koeln, J.P., and Alleyne, A.G., “A Graph-Based Approach for Dynamic Compressor Modeling in Vapor Compression Systems,” Proc. of the ASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, October 2017. [PDF]


    [5] Aksland, C.T., Modular Modeling and Control of a Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s Powertrain,” M.S. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019. [PDF] (Coming Soon)