Belinda Batten

Portrait of Belinda Batten

Belinda Batten

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Senior Advisor on Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

101B Covell Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Ph.D., Clemson University, 1991
MS, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1987
BS, University of Maryland, 1985

Prior to her role on the college's leadership team, Belinda was director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (now the Pacific Marine Energy Center). She served as the head of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State beginning in 2003 before also becoming the Head of Industrial Engineering in 2006. In 2007, she formed and served as head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering until 2011.

As a professor of mechanical engineering, Belinda is internationally renowned for research in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems, and development of computational algorithms for reduced order controllers. Her research includes dynamics and control of wave energy converters, and has been funded by DARPA, U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Belinda received her Ph.D. from Clemson University, her M.S. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her B.S. from the University of Maryland.

At Oregon State 1993–98 and since 2003.

Research Interests:

Current research interests of Dr. Batten include computational methods for controlling and optimizing distributed parameter systems, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and dynamics and control of autonomous vehicles and wave energy devices. Dr. Batten's research has been supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


  • NNMREC Director, 2011–2017
  • MIME School Head,  2007–11
  • Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University, 2003–07
  • Program Manager, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2001–03
  • Associate Professor & Professor, Virginia Tech, 1998–2003
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Oregon State University, 1993–98 
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina State University, 1992–93
US Air Force Science Advisory Board Former member
Outstanding Young Alumni, College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University
Associate Editor, SIAM Book Series Advances in Design and Control
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
2014 OSU College of Engineering Research Collaboration Award