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Meet the Director

David A. Cartes Ph.D.

Dr. Cartes serves as the Director of the Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) and the Program Lead for Control and Automation with the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) - both at The Florida State University. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering having joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering in January 2001 after receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College. Additionally, he holds academic degrees in business management and economics. Dr. Cartes teaches courses in control systems dynamics, energy management and energy policy for scientists and engineers. His research interests include Real-Time System Identification and Adaptive Control, Distributed Control and Reconfigurable Systems and Advanced Power Systems (Electrical and Mechanical) Control. Since coming to The Florida State University, Dr. Cartes has produced over $12.3 million in grant awards, graduated four Ph.D. and three M.S. students, and published over 120 papers.

In 1994, Dr. Cartes completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. As a Repair Officer, specialized in the repair of nuclear powered ships, he managed the conversion, overhaul, and repair of complex marine propulsion systems. His at-sea experience includes two submarines, the USS Nathaniel Greene and the USS San Juan, and the guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi, which served in the First Persian Gulf War.

Dr. Cartes is a co-founder of IESES where faculty perform scholarly research and analysis in engineering, science, infrastructure, governance and the related social dimensions all designed to further a sustainable energy economy. The Institute unites researchers from the disciplines of engineering, natural sciences, law, urban and regional planning, geography and economics to address sustainability and alternative power issues in the context of economic development and global climate change. Dr. Cartes may be contacted at or 850-645-1184.

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