May-Win Thein

Phone: (603) 862-1158
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W117, Durham, NH 03824
Xiaowei Teng

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.


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

Courses Taught

  • ECE/ME 944: Nonlinear Control Systems
  • ECE/ME 951: Advanced Control Systems I
  • ME 670: Sys Modeling Simulation&Contrl
  • ME 696: Projects
  • ME 743/843: Satellite Sys, Dynamics & Ctrl
  • ME 797: Honors Seminar
  • ME 992: Master's Project
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research
  • ME/OE 717/817/717/817: Marine Robotics
  • OE 717/817: Marine Robotics
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research
  • PHYS 797: Senior Design Project

Selected Publications

Earle, A. G., Merenda, M., Short, K., Thein, M. -W., & Sedam, M. (2020). Lean Collaboration on Campus? A Social Network and Bricolage Approach. Advances in Engineering Education, Spring 2020. Retrieved from

Eren, F., Pe'eri, S., Thein, M. -W., Rzhanov, Y., Celikkol, B., & Swift, M. R. (2017). Position, Orientation and Velocity Detection of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) Using an Optical Detector Array. SENSORS, 17(8). doi:10.3390/s17081741

Eren, F., Pe'eri, S., Rzhanov, Y., Thein, M. -W., & Celikkol, B. (2016). Optical Detector Array Design for Navigational Feedback Between Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, 41(1), 18-26. doi:10.1109/JOE.2015.2389592

Eren, F., Thein, M. -W., Pe'eri, S., Rzhanov, Y., Celikkol, B., Swift, R., & IEEE. (2014). Pose Detection and Control of Multiple Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) Using Optical Feedback. In OCEANS 2014 - TAIPEI. Retrieved from

Rzhanov, Y., Eren, F., Thein, M. -W., Pe'eri, S., & IEEE. (2014). An Image Processing Approach for Determining the Relative Pose of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles. In OCEANS 2014 - TAIPEI. Retrieved from

Eren, F., Pe'eri, S., & Thein, M. -W. (2013). Characterization of optical communication in a leader-follower unmanned underwater vehicle formation. In OCEAN SENSING AND MONITORING V Vol. 8724. doi:10.1117/12.2015988

Eren, F., Thein, M. -W. L., Celikkol, B., Pe'eri, S., DeCew, J., & IEEE. (2012). Distance Detection of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles by Utilizing Optical Sensor Feedback in a Leader-Follower Formation. In 2012 OCEANS. Retrieved from

Rines, E., DeCew, J., Thein, M. -W. L., Celikkol, B., Hebert, B., Eren, F., & IEEE. (2012). An Automated Airlift System for Open Ocean Aquaculture. In 2012 OCEANS. Retrieved from

Pukdeboon, C., Zinober, A. S. I., Thein, M. -W. L., & IEEE. (2008). Quasi-continuous higher-order sliding mode controller designs for spacecraft attitude tracking manoeuvres. In 2008 INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON VARIABLE STRUCTURE SYSTEMS (pp. 215-+). doi:10.1109/VSS.2008.4570710

Most Cited Publications