Michael Athans

Michael Athans
Born (1937-05-03) May 3, 1937 (age 80)
Drama, Greece
ResidenceUnited States
Citizenship American, Greece
Nationality Greek/American
Fields Automatic Control theory
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Notable studentsProf. Dr. Yorgo Ä°stefanopulos
Known for Optimal Control Theory
Notable awards
  • Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (1995)
  • Hendrik Wade Bode Prize (1993)
  • American Control Council's Education Award (1980)
  • AAAS Fellow (1977)
  • IEEE Fellow (1973)
  • Frederick Emmons Terman Award (1969)
  • Donald P. Eckman Award (1964)


Michael Athans (given birth to Michael Athanassiades, Might 3, 1937) is a Greek-American control theorist and a retired Teacher in the Division of Electrical Executive and Computer Technology in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He’s a Fellow from the IEEE (1973) and a Fellow from the AAAS (1977). He’s the recipient of several honours for his efforts in neuro-scientific control theory.


Athans received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Executive from the College or university of California, Berkeley in 1958, 1959, and 1961, respectively.


American Auto Control Council Donald P. Eckman Honor "for outstanding efforts towards the field of automated control" in 1964. American Culture for Executive Education Frederick Emmons Terman Honor as "the exceptional young electrical anatomist educator" in 1969. American Control Council's Education Award for "excellent contributions and recognized leadership in automated control education" in 1980. IEEE Control Systems Society's 1993 Hendrik Wade Bode Award. American Auto Control Council's Richard E. Bellman Control Traditions Prize in 1995. Honoris causa doctorate from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 2011.