May-Win Thein

May-Win Thein

Director of Systems Design Ph.D. Program
Phone: (603) 862-1158
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W117, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Thein joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1999. Since then, she has served as a visiting scholar and/or lecturer at the Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC) at Keyport NAVSEA, the Flight Dynamics Analysis Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK), the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester (Leicester, UK), and the Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain). Dr. Thein was also named a United Kingdom Royal Society Fellow in 2007 for her international collaborative research in spacecraft control. She holds memberships in AIAA, ASME (DSCD), IEEE (CSS IAC, WiC, WIE), Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Tau Sigma, SAE, Sigma Xi, SWE, and Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Thein's field of specialization is in the area of System Dynamics and Control. Her studies involve nonlinear estimation and control with particular emphasis on ocean and space applications.

Courses Taught

  • ECE/ME 951: Advanced Control Systems I
  • ME 743/843: Satellite Sys, Dynamics & Ctrl
  • ME 747: Exprmtl Measurement & Modeling
  • ME 797: Honors Seminar
  • ME 944: Nonlinear Control Systems
  • ME 951: Advanced Control Systems I
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research
  • ME/OE 717/817/717/817: Marine Robotics
  • ME/OE 795/895/795/895: Top/Marine Robotcs & Applictns
  • OE 717/817: Marine Robotics
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research
  • TECH 797: Undergrad Ocean Research Prog


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Lehigh University
  • B.S., Lehigh University

Selected Publications

  • Thein, M. -W. L., & Misawa, E. A. (2003). A Parallel Observer System for Non-Deterministic Multirate Systems. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 125(3), 281-286. doi:10.1115/1.1590681