Dr. Boris J. Lurie


Academic degrees Work history Personal data JPL Assignments NASA Awards Research areas References



M. Sc., 1956 (with distinction), from the Institute of Electrical Communications, St. Petersburg. Major: Analog and digital telecommunications. Thesis: Phase-Sensitive Voltmeter.

Ph. D., 1962, from the Institute of Transportation Engineering, St. Petersburg. Major: Electrical network synthesis. Thesis: Synthesis of Active Two-Pole.

Dr. of Engineering Sciences*, 1973, from the Higher Attestational Commission, USSR, in Circuit Theory and Automatic Control, for the monograph: Feedback Maximization in Nonlinear Single-Loop and Multi-Loop Feedback Systems.

* The degree is awarded in average proportion of 1:20 to Ph.D. degree holders for "results of fundamental scientific or applied significance, such as initiating a new direction in the science or solving a fundamental scientific or engineering problem" (see Proc. IEEE, v. 66, no. 8, 1978).



1. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Guidance and Control Section Senior Member of Technical Staff

1986 to 2007

2. USC, Los Angeles
Lecturer, course for graduate students: Advanced classical control.

Fall 1988

3. TRW, Electro-Optics Research Center. One Space Park, Redondo Beach. Section Head, Fiber-Optic Network Section


4. Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Lecturer, teaching a course for graduate students: Feedback maximization in amplifiers and nonlinear control systems (similar but abridged course was also taught for the Guidance Division staff of the Israel Aircraft Industry).

Spring 1980

5. University of Tel-Aviv, Ramat-Aviv, Israel
Associate Professor
, course for graduate students: Stability of nonlinear systems.

Spring 1980
6. Tadiran (Israel Electronic Industries)
Consultant, fiber-optic receiver design
Part time, 1980
7. Laboratory of the Ministry of Telecommunication, Israel
Senior Scientist
8. Institute of Electrical Communications, St. Petersburg, Moika 61
Associate Professor, courses: Circuit theory, Analog circuits, Feedback, Nonlinear systems
Head of Research Group (4 Ph.D., 6 M.Sc.) on Wide-band feedback amplifiers Part-time, 1965-77
9. Telecommunication Research Center, St. Petersburg, P. O. Box 103 and P. O. Box 106.
Senior Research Engineer
Advisor, Ph. D. students guidance Part time, 1965-77
10. Central Scientific Institute of Telecommunications, Moscow
Advisor, Ph. D. students guidance

Part time, 1972-76


PERSONAL DATA: Citizen of USA. Married, two children. Hobbies: backpacking, down-hill and cross-country skiing.

LANGUAGES: English, Russian, some knowledge of German and Hebrew, C, SPICE, PROTEL, MATLAB



Optical Communication Demonstration attitude control, Space Interferometer Model optical delay control, Rover drilling station control, Microwave Limb Sounder GHz and TeraHerz antennas attitude control, New Millennium s/c solar panel attitude control, Stardust instrument attitude control, TES retroreflector carriage control, Mars Pathfinder antenna pointing, Measur accelerometer filter, Optical space communication transmitter attitude control, Microgravity accelerometer electronics and control loops, Cassini Narrow View Camera thermal control, Cassini VIMS attitude control, Cassini radar telemetry electronics and PLL, Cryogenic cooler vibration control for STRV s/c, Precision pointing control research, Flexible structure vibration control, Active vibration isolation for Stellar Interferometer, 70 kV, 1.2 MW precision voltage regulator for Deep Space Network radar transmitter, 40 kV power regulator for radar transmitter, 7 kW switching amplifier.



Motor control with active driver impedance. Nonlinear main-vernier controllers. Multiwindow nonlinear controllers. Flexible structure vibration control. Balanced bridge three loop pointing control using collocated sensors of torque and angular velocity. Nonlinear dynamic time-optimal feedback control. Active vibration isolation. (1987-99)

Feedback representation of a noisy two-port employing only two noncorrelated noise sources. Synthesis of the front-end receiver for achieving maximal signal to noise ratio and, simultaneously, matching to a resistive source or providing maximal gain from a reactive source. (1984-86)

Multi-loop nonlinear absolutely stable feedback system with the utmost available feedback. Generalization of the describing function approach to the synthesis of globally-stable Nyquist-stable feedback system. Optimization of fiber-optic receivers. (1980-83)

Nonminimum phase-shift and the penalty in available feedback introduced in the common loop by a local loop. Estimation of eigenvectors by conformal mapping of the Nyquist plane. (1979)

High frequency sensor noise as the feedback constraint. Improvement of nonlinear control by introduction of an auxiliary nonlinear low-power feedback channel. (1978-79)

Absolute stability approach to the synthesis of nonlinear multi-loop feedback system with enlarged bandwidth. Optimization of noncascade configuration of the amplifier elements in feedback amplifiers. (1970-72)

Synthesis of nonlinear dynamic links which provide maximum feedback in wide-band amplifiers while preserving global stability. (1969-77)

Oscillation, forced oscillation, jump-resonance and subharmonics in nonlinear high-order single-loop and multi-loop systems. Sensitivity minimization in the linear multi-loop feedback system. (1963-70)

Constant and variable equalizers. Wideband feedback amplifiers. (1960-63)

Synthesis of active two-pole. Feedback system as a two-pole: stability margins, sensitivity and its upper limit, noise, relationship between the nonlinear properties and the frequency response. Negative impedance converters. Bi-directional matched amplifiers. (1956-62)



Prof. I. M. Horowitz characterized B. J. Lurie in his latest book as "one of the most knowledgeable and extender of Bode's work."

Prof. H. W. Bode commented on the curriculum of the graduate control course which B. Lurie has been teaching at the Weizmann Institute, and on some of his papers: "With a few additions, perhaps from other sources, including my past work, the papers make a very interesting and provocative basis for systematic treatment on a large scale."

Simon Ramo mentioned in a letter to the author, "I shall be proud to have it (Feedback Maximization) displayed in my office."