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

Positions Available

Three Ph.D. positions, Engineering Mechanics program in mechanics and materials, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Valery Levitas group

Three positions available to perform work on federally funded projects on modeling stress-induced phase transformations, plasticity, and their interactions at nano-, micro-, and macroscales. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring Break office hours, March 18-22: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946