Texas Tech University

Beibei Ren, Ph.D.

Professor, Larry and Nancy McVay Endowed Professor in Engineering

Email: beibei.ren@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.6692

Fax: 806.742.3540

Office: ME South 201 J

Research Website: Dynamic Intelligent Systems, Control and Optimization (DISCO) Group

Beibei Ren, Ph.D.


Dr. Beibei (Helen) Ren is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and holds the Larry and Nancy McVay Endowed Professor in Engineering at Texas Tech University. Her research interests are in the area of control theory, optimization, and their applications to mechatronics, robotics, renewable energy, microgrids, and smart grids. She received TechConnect National Innovation Award in 2017, TTU Mechanical Engineering Department Research Award in 2017 and TTU National Wind Institute Faculty Innovation Award in 2020. She serves(d) as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, IEEE Access, IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASME. 

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear System Control Methods and Algorithm Design:
    • Robust Control
    • Adaptive Control
    • Neural Networks
    • Boundary Control of Systems Modeled by PDEs
    • Real-time Optimization Using Extremum Seeking
  • Applications:
    • Renewable Energy Systems (solar, wind) and Grid Integration
    • Microgrids
    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    • Smart Material (e.g., piezoelectric, vanadium oxide)-Based Actuators

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae


  • Postdoc, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego (2010-2013)
  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, (2010)
  • M. Eng., Mechatronics Engineering, Xidian University, China, (2004)
  • B. Eng., Mechatronics Engineering, Xidian University, China, (2001)

Department of Mechanical Engineering