Guidance, Controls, Astrodynamics and Space Systems


Focus Areas

  • Guidance, control, and flight dynamics
  • Estimation, filtering, and control of uncertain dynamical systems
  • Multi-agent flight control systems
  • Autonomous trajectory planning and optimization
  • Computational astrodynamics
  • Space mission design and space technology for planetary defense
  • Space systems design
  • Cubesat systems
  • Collaborative UASs automatic flight design
  • Formal methods in aerospace systems

Associated Faculty

Ossama Abdelkhalik

Ossama Abdelkhalik

  • Orbital Mechanics
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Optimization
Bella Kim

A Ram (Bella) Kim

  • Control for swarming of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Guidance, navigation and control
  • Optimal control
  • Flight dynamics and control
Dae Young Lee

Dae Young Lee

  • Space Systems
  • CubeSat Development
  • Model Predictive Control
Kristin Rozier

Kristin Rozier

  • Formal methods
  • Safety-critical systems
  • Biomedical privacy
  • Secure protocols
  • Model checking
  • Property-based design
  • Model-based design
  • Automated reasoning
  • Runtime monitoring

Peter Sherman

  • Estimation theory
  • Random processes
  • Dynamical systems
  • UAV Surveillance and Guidance
(Photo by Christopher Gannon)

Peng Wei

  • NextGen air transportation systems
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Airline operations
  • Airport operations

Bong Wie

  • Guidance, navigation, and control
  • Attitude dynamics and control of spacecraft
  • GN&C technologies for asteroid deflection/disruption
  • Planetary defense technology flight validation mission development & design

Aerospace Engineering Hours

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Aerospace Engineering main office, 1200 Howe: Until further notice access to the office will be by appointment only. Call (515) 294-5666 or email

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