Dr Donald Ballance
- Senior Lecturer (Systems Power & Energy)
R644 Level 6, James Watt Building South, School of Engineering, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Dr. Donald Ballance has undertaken research in control theory, the application of this theory and system modelling. Areas of interest in control systems include Quantitative Feedback Theory (QFT), Model Predictive Control (MPC), and the development of these techniques for continuous-time nonlinear systems. He worked extensively with Prof. Peter Gawthrop on the development of bond graph techniques for modelling, simulation, analysis and control.
He is also interested in real-time systems, and has experience of a number of different systems, including dSPACE, hosted by MATLAB on UNIX and Windows platforms, direct coding in C for PC cards under DOS and Windows, and more recently Real-Time Linux for Control on an Intel platform.
Dr Ballance is involved with the teaching of three large early years classes which span across the School of Engineering. These are Engineering Mathematics 1, Engineering Skills 1 and Dynamics 2.
Dr Ballance is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and undertakes academic accreditation visits on behalf of the IET. He has served as external examiner at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde and Robrt Gordon University. He has also been served as an external expert in internal reviews at the University of Aberdeen and Herriot-Watt University.