Siva S. Banda

Siva Subrahmanyam Banda (born 1951) is an Indian-American aerospace engineer. He is Director of the Control Science Center of Excellence and Chief Scientist for the Aerospace Systems Directorate at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory atWright-Patterson Air Force Base. He has taught at Wright State University, the University of Dayton, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.


Siva Banda was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from theRegional Engineering College, Warangal, India in 1974, followed by a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from theIndian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1976. He then came to the United States and attended college briefly at theUniversity of Cincinnati before transferring to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned another Master of Science in systems engineering in 1978. Banda continued to further his studies and completed his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at theUniversity of Dayton in 1980. His doctoral dissertation was entitled Maximum likelihood identification of aircraft lateral parameters with unsteady aerodynamic modeling.


Banda joined the U.S. Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in 1981 as an aerospace research engineer in the Flight Controls Division. He started his career as an in-house researcher.

Banda then served as group leader and program manager before being promoted to branch chief, a position in which he served from 1995 thru 1996. From 1996 thru 2000, he served as technical leader for the Air Vehicles Directorate at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at WPAFB. From 2000 thru 2011, he served as the Director of the Control Science Center of Excellence and Senior Scientist for the Air Vehicles Directorate at AFRL at WPAFB. From 2011 thru 2012, he served as the Chief Scientist for Air Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, WPAFB. Currently he is Chief Scientist of the Aerospace Systems Directorate at AFRL/WPAFB.

Professional accomplishments

Dr. Banda has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 15 technical reports and books, and has delivered more than 120 lectures. He is a technical adviser to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Research Council and several leading academic institutes worldwide. In the academic arena he has served as thesis adviser and adjunct professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright State University, and the University of Dayton. He serves on a variety of technical, organizational, and award committees for professional societies including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served on the board of Editors for the Advances in Design and Control series published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is a Fellow of theAir Force Research Laboratory, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society.


Dr. Banda holds two patents – one for a control mechanism for unknown systems which can be applied to an arbitrary electromechanical system without prior knowledge of its transfer function,and the second for a smart controller using artificial intelligence.