Umberto Saetti


Dr. Umberto Saetti is a postdoctoral fellow in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering (with a minor in computational science), an M.Sc. in aerospace engineering, and an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.Sc. in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

His research interests are in the area of aircraft and rotorcraft flight dynamics and controls, handling qualities, and system identification. Applications span civil and military helicopters, small- and medium-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles intended for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). He has worked on multiple research projects within the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) sponsored by government agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy. As part of his doctoral work, Dr. Saetti investigated novel flight control laws that help pilots alleviate the rotor loads on current- and future-generation military rotorcraft. To bring such control laws closer to their actual implementation on production rotorcraft, he successfully developed and validated a methodology to identify Linear Time-Periodic (LTP) systems from rotorcraft flight-test data during an extended stay at the U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) at NASA Ames Research Center.

Dr. Saetti is the recipient of the Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Barnes McCormick Memorial Scholarship, awarded for outstanding accomplishments as a doctoral candidate in the vertical flight field. 

  • Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)
  • Flight Mechanics & Controls