Dr. Verica Gajic received her B.S. degree (five-year program) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1990, M.S and Ph. D. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University, USA, respectively in 1996 and 2001.
She has held faculty positions at several universities including Rutgers University, California State University Los Angeles, American University of Sharjah, and Villanova University where she was the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 2012 to 2017. Her primary research interests are in control and modeling of dynamic systems with applications. Dr. Gajic published one book in 2019 with Springer, authored 32 journal papers published in Transactions of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurements and Control, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, Journal of Vibration and Control, Journal on Sound and Vibration, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of Power Sources, and other high-quality journals. In addition, she published 40 conference papers.
Dr. Gajic was a mentor for two doctoral dissertations and one master thesis, all completed at Villanova University, and participated on several doctoral dissertation and master thesis committees. With her doctoral and master students, she developed a unique multi-stage multi-time scale optimal control technique that was successfully applied to proton exchange membrane fuel cells used for electric vehicles. Her research work on control of distributed parameter systems is well cited. She has also several years of industrial experience.
Dr. Gajic’s academic career goal is to teach and serve as a research mentor for underrepresented minority students, first of all female students. During her academic career, she developed several undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering and attended numerous educational workshops and conferences on innovative teaching and learning strategies and methodologies.