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Ott, Edward

Ott, Edward

Distinguished University Professor
Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
3329 AV Williams


  • M.S. and Ph.D., Electrophysics, Polytechnic Institute or Brooklyn, 1964 and 1967
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cooper Union


Edward Ott is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 1963, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrophysics from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1964 and 1967. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University from 1967-1968. In 1968 he joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University and took up his current position at the University of Maryland in 1979. Dr. Ott has also held visiting appointments at the Naval Research Laboratory and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB.


  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2022)
  • Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea (2020)
  • Richardson Medal, European Geosciences Union (2017)
  • Jürgen Moser Award, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2017)
  • Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (2016)
  • Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2005)
  • Celebrating Teachers Award (2000)
  • Distinguished University Professor (1995)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Institute for Scientific Information World's 100 Most Cited Physicists
  • Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation
  • Former Editor, Physica D
  • Former Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters
  • Former Associate Editor, Physics of Fluids
  • Former member of the Editorial Board, Physical Review A
  • Former member of the Editorial Board, Chaos
  • Former member of the Editorial Board, Dynamics and Stability of Systems
  • Editorial Board, Central European Journal of Physics

Orcid: 0000-0002-9395-5062, Google Scholar

  • Basic theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics
  • Wave chaos
  • Control of chaos
  • Fractal basin boundaries
  • Dynamics of large interconnected networks
  • Chaotic dynamics of fluids
  • Models of brain dynamics and learning
  • Weather prediction


Dr. Ott is an author of over 400 papers published in scientific journals and is the author of the book "Chaos in Dynamical Systems" (Cambridge University Press), an introduction to concepts in chaotic dynamics for scientists and students.   He is an editor of the book "Coping with Chaos,"  a collection of reprints that focuses on how scientists observe, quantify, and control chaos. He has been listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world's most highly cited physicists.

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Introducing the Early Career Distinguished Alumni Society

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Ott Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Ott recognized for seminal contributions in nonlinear dynamics and foundational work in chaos theory.

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Achievement opens the door for new advances in soft robotics.

Rejoining the Paris Accord: Scholars Respond

UMD's Deb Niemeier and other prominent researchers assess the new administration's course change on climate.

Professor Ott Elected as Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea

Founded in 1988, Academia Europaea is the pan-European academy of science, humanities and letters.

BIOE Capstone Class Virtually Presents 24 Novel Projects

BIOE seniors present Capstone projects and celebrate winners virtually.

Brain and Behavior Initiative Hosts 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium

Researchers from across UMD convene to discuss the latest projects funded by BBI

Clark School student teams sweep MAV competition

FIRE freshmen, AE undergrads and MEng Robotics students take first place in both categories at VFS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge.

Student Spotlight: Helen Lan ('17)

Where is she now? An update on Helen Lan, featured on the spring 2015 cover of E@M magazine.

UMD Steel Bridge Team Builds Their Way to Nationals

The competition was organized by UMD's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Prof. Ott, Prof. Yorke & Alumnus Grebogi Named 2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates

Yorke, Ott, Grebogi named top contenders for Nobel Prize in physics for developing method to control chaos

BioE Capstone 2016: New Projects Focus on Improved Healthcare for Underserved Communities, Pediatric Patients, and More

Affordable RT-PCR for clinical diagnostics, fear mitigation device for pediatric MRIs tie for first place.

BioE Capstone 2014: New Projects Focus on Cardiological Health, Surgical Tools and More

Students' inventions range from diagnostic devices to accident prevention products.

UMD Professors Receive APS Awards

Four Clark School professors honored by American Physical Society

NSF-Backed DC I-Corps Kicks Off First Cohort with 20 Federal Laboratory, University and Regional Inventors, Entrepreneur Teams

The Silicon Valley-tested, Lean Startup-based initiative is slated to train 300 top entrepreneurial research teams over three years.

UMD's Mtech Pronounces: Business Plan Pitches Are Dead

New Business Model Challenge focuses on business model generation, customer development and pivoting.

Showcase of Undergraduate Summer Research

Clark School student wins Best Overall Project with automatic volume leveler.

Alumnus Named IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer

Honor recognizes work in stealth antennas, counter-IED technologies, electromagnetic weapons.

Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their accomplishments after 11-week research program.

Gligor, Ott Win DoD MURI Awards

Major awards support cross-disciplinary research projects for up to five years.

TAP Director Testifies Before Congress on Accelerating Technology Commercialization for Bio-Terrorism Defense

Scott Magids, director of the innovative Technology Advancement Program (TAP) offered by the Clark School’s MTECH unit, testified before Congress on June 9 about MTECH’s five-part method to accelerate technology commercialization, as applied to bio-terrorism defense.

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