Dr. Young joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1995. Since joining the department, Dr. Young has been presented many awards including the Foundations of Augmented Cognition Award, the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, the Engineering Faculty Award of Excellence, and the El Paso Corporate Foundation Faculty Achievement Award. He is currently a consultant for Woodward Governor and Spirae. He is the director of the Dynamic Systems and Controls Research Laboratory and the Systems and Controls Teaching Laboratory. His research interests include mathematical system theory, the development of optimal controller synthesis methodologies for high performance controller design, and the development of strategies for the analysis and design of robust learning controllers. He also works on applications of these tools to optimization of algal growth for biodiesel production, wind turbine control, and the development of smart grids and associated technologies for clean energy generation and distribution.