Doctor of Philosophy Candidates

Post-Prelim student portrait Samuel W. Albert

Research:

Entry, descent, and landing; aerocapture; spacecraft dynamics and control

Awards:

NASA Science and Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF), Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship and Stamps Scholar
Post Comp student portrait Miles Bengtson

Research:

charged astrodynamics, spacecraft plasma interactions

Awards:

Dean's fellowship, Negler fellowship, 2016 Air Force Space Scholar Award, NDSEG fellowship, SMART Fellowship, SSPI Dean Olmstead Memorial Scholarship, Applied Space Environments Conference Travel award, 2019 AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Best Paper Award
Post Comp student portrait Anne Bennett

Research:

Orbital debris and space situational awareness

Awards:

Dean's Assistantship, National Military Family Association scholarship, Draper Graduate Fellowship, NASA NSTRF Fellowship, Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship
Post Prelim student portrait Ethan Burnett

Research:

Astrodynamics, spacecraft GNC, formation flying

Awards:

Dean's Fellowship, NSF Fellowship, NDSEG Fellowship, IWSCFF travel award
Incoming student portrait Riccardo Calaon

Research:

spacecraft dynamics and control, charged astrodynamics, space debris, orbital mechanics, formation flying

Awards:

Fulbright Scholar, Ermenegildo Zegna Founder's Scholarship
Incoming student portrait Julian Hammerl

Research:

spacecraft dynamics and control, charged astrodynamics, space debris
Post-Comp student portrait Andrew Harris

Research:

Spacecraft attitude determination and control, astrodynamics

Awards:

NDSEG Fellowship, Dean's Graduate Assistantship, 2017 Air Force Space Scholar Award, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award
Post-Prelim student portrait Adam Herrmann

Research:

Spacecraft autonomy, machine learning, GNC, attitude determination and control, systems engineering

Awards:

NSTGRO Fellowship, NSF Fellowship
Post Prelim student portrait Ellis King

Research:

Relative navigation, estimation, image based optical navigation
Post Prelim student portrait John R. Martin

Research:

Astrodynamics simulation, Coulomb formation flying, ADCS

Awards:

Dean's Assistantship, NSF Fellowship
Incoming student portrait Islam Nazmy

Research:

autonomous decision making, autonomous systems, GNC, space domain awareness

Awards:

GAANN fellowship
Pre-Prelim student portrait Joshua D. Nelson

Research:

Spacecraft Guidance and Control, Formation Flying, High Fidelity Simulations for Spacecraft Testing, Astrodynamics
Post-Prelim student portrait Álvaro Romero Calvo

Research:

Spacecraft Guidance and Controls, Visual Control, Fuel Sloshing, Ferrohydrodynamics, Charged Astrodynamics

Awards:

La Caixa Fellowship Program, Dean's Graduate Fellowship
Post Comp student portrait Kieran Wilson

Research:

charged astrodynamics; spacecraft dynamics and control

Awards:

RIO Entrepreneurial fellowship, Applied Space Environments Conference Travel Award, 2020 Department Graduate Student Award for Research, AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Best Paper Award

Completed Ph.D. Students

  1. student portrait Arun Natarajan, "A Study of Dynamics and Stability of Two-Craft Coulomb Tether Formations," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, May 2007.
  2. student portraitShuquan Wang, "Shape Control of Charged Spacecraft Cluster with Two or Three Nodes," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2010.
    Awards: AAS Breakwell Student Travel Award
  3. student portraitChris Karlgaard, "Robust Adaptive Estimation for Autonomous Rendezvous in Elliptical Orbit," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, August 2010.
  4. student portrait Ravi K. Inampudi, "Two-Craft Coulomb Formation Study about Circular Orbits and Libration Points," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2010.
  5. student portrait Carl R. Seubert, "One-Dimensional Spacecraft Formation Flight Testbed for Terrestrial Charged Relative Motion Experiments," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2011.
    Awards: AIAA Foundation Willy Z. Sadeh Graduate Student Award, AIAA Foundation Graduate Award, AAS John V. Breakwell Student Travel Award
  6. student portrait Drew Jones, "A Dynamical Systems Theory Analysis of Coulomb Spacecraft Formations," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, Austin, TX. August 2013.
    Awards: NDSEG Graduate Fellowship, UT Cockrell School of Engineering Graduate Fellowship 2008-2010, UT travel award 2012
  7. student portrait Laura Stiles, "Electrostatic Inflation of Membrane Space Structures," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2013.
    Awards: 2009 AF Space Scholar Award, NSF graduate reserach fellowship, 2x Amelia Earthart scholarship, CU travel grant (2x), AAS Breakwell Travel Award, P.E.O. scholar award, Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant, John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award, GAANN fellowship
  8. student portrait Lee E. Z. Jasper, "Open-Loop Thrust Profile Development for Tethered Towing of Large Space Objects," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2014.
    Awards: 2012 Air Force Space Scholar Award, CU Travel Grant, 2013 Abrams Scholarship, GAANN fellowship
  9. student portrait Erik A. Hogan, "Electrostatic Tractor Analysis for GEO Debris Remediation," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2014.
    Awards: John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award, 3x GAANN fellowship, AAS John V. Breakwell Student Travel Award, Vela Fellowship, Los Alamos Presentation Award, CU Travel award
  10. student portrait Paul V. Anderson, "Characterizing Longitude-Dependent Orbital Debris Congestion in the Geosynchronous Orbit Regime," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2015.
    Awards: Negler family graduate fellowship, Dean's fellowship, AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, GAANN fellowship, NSF and NDSEG graduate fellowship, Aviation Week Twenty20s award, AAS John V. Breakwell Travel Award, John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award
  11. student portrait Stephen O'Keefe, "Autonomous Sun-Direction Estimation Using Partially Underdetermined Coarse Sun Sensor Configurations," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2015.
    Awards: Negler family graduate fellowship, CU Travel award, GAANN fellowship, ASEN Lead TA
  12. student portrait Daan Stevenson, "Remote Spacecraft Attitude Control by Coulomb Charging," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2015.
    Awards: NSF, NDSEG (declined), and NASA NSTRF graduate fellowship, 2010 Air Force Space Scholar Award, CU Dean's Outstanding Merit Fellowship, CU travel award, ARCS Scholar
  13. student portrait Khashayar Parsay, "Invariant Solar Sail Formations in Elliptical Sun-Synchronous Orbits," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2016.
  14. student portrait Trevor Bennett, "On-Orbit 3-Dimensional Electrostatic Detumble for Generic Spacecraft Geometries," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2017.
    Awards: NSF Fellowship (declined), NASA NSTRF graduate fellowship, ASEN Lead TA, AAS John V. Breakwell Travel Award, CU travel award, John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award, Aviation Week 20 Twenties Award, Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
  15. student portrait Cody J. Allard, "Modular Software Architecture for Complex Multi-Body Fully-Coupled Spacecraft Dynamics," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2018.
    Awards: Dean's Graduate Assistantship, AIAA Luis de Florez Graduate Award, CU travel award
  16. student portrait Joseph Hughes, "Dynamics of Complex Spacecraft Subject to Forced and Environmental Charging," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2018.
    Awards: 2015 Air Force Space Scholar Award, CU travel award, AAS John V. Breakwell Award, John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award
  17. student portrait Patrick Kenneally, "Faster than Real-Time GPGPU Radiation Pressure Modeling Methods," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2019.
    Awards: AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Graduate Award, CU travel award, IAC travel award
  18. student portrait Thibaud Teil, "Optical Navigation using Near Celestial Bodies for Spacecraft Autonomy," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2020.
    Awards: AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award, RPI Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications Best Paper Award
  19. student portrait Mar Cols Margenet, "End-to-End Flight Software Development and Testing: Modularity, Transparency and Scalability across Testbeds," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2020.
    Awards: Balsells Undergraduate Fellowship, Balsells graduate Fellowship, CU travel award, UGGS travel award, Amelia Earhart scholarship, AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Graduate Award
  20. student portrait JoAnna Fulton, "Deployment Dynamics Analysis of Origami-Folded Spacecraft Structures with Elastic Hinges," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2020.
    Awards: Smead graduate fellowship, Dean's Graduate Assistantship, 2015 Air Force Space Scholar Award, NDSEG Fellowship (declined), NSF Fellowship, NASA NSTRF fellowship,CU travel award, Outstanding TA award, Amelia Earhart scholarship, IAC travel award
  21. student portrait Jordan Maxwell, "Development of Electrostatic Actuation Techniques for Close-Proximity Formation Flying in Low Earth Orbit Plasma Wakes," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2020.
    Awards: Dean's graduate fellowship, 2017 Air Force Space Scholar Award, Dr. Charles Stein Outstanding Scholar Award, 2019 Department Graduate Student Award for Service, 2020 Department Graduate Student Award for Teaching

Ph.D. Advisory Committee Member for:

  1. student portraitMatthew Berry, "A Variable-Step Double-Integration Multi-Step Integrator," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA, May 2004.
  2. student portrait Jana L. Schwartz, "The Distributed Spacecraft Attitude Control System Simulator: From Design Concept to Decentralized Control," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA, July 2004.
  3. student portrait Mischa Kim, "Continuous Low-Thrust Trajectory Optimization: Techniques and Applications," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA, May 2005.
  4. student portraitMarcus Holzinger, "Optimal Control Applications in Space Situational," Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2011.
  5. student portrait Sungwoo Moon, "Auto-Tuning of Digitally Controlled Single-Phase Low Harmonic Rectifiers and Inverters," Ph.D. Dissertation, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2011.
  6. student portrait Jay McMahon, "An Analytical Theory for the Perturbative Effect of Solar Radiation Pressure on Natural and Artificial Satellites", Ph.D. Dissertation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2011.
  7. student portrait Jill Tombasco, "Orbit Estimation of Geosynchronous Objects Via Ground-Based and Space-Based Optical Tracking," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2011.
  8. student portraitMike Krieg, "Modeling and Thrust Optimization of a Bio-Inspired Pulsatile Jet Thruster," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May, 2012.
  9. student portrait Aurore Sibois, "GPS-based Sub-Hourly Polar Motion Estimates: Strategies and Applications," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2011.
  10. student portrait Christine Hartzell, "The Dynamics of Near-Surface Dust on Airless Bodies," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. August 2012
  11. student portrait Dylan R. Boone, "Integration of Geodesy Mission Design and Navigation for Planetary Satellite Orbiters," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2013
  12. student portrait David Gerhardt, "Small Satellite Passive Magnetic Attitude Control," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2014
  13. student portrait Aaron Rosengren, "Long-term Dynamical Behavior of Highly Perturbed Natural and Artificial Celestial Bodies," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2014
  14. student portrait Simon Tardivel, "The Deployment of Scientific Packages to Asteroid Surfaces," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2014
  15. student portrait Masatoshi Hirabayashi, "Structural Stability of Asteroids," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Aug 2014.
  16. student portrait Antonella Albuja, "Rotational Dynamics of Inactive Satellites as a Result of the YORP Effect," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Dec. 2015.
  17. student portrait Inkwan Park, "Dynamical Realism and Uncertainty Propagation," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2016.
  18. student portrait Zubin Olikara, "Collocation Techniques for Computing Quasi-Periodic Tori and Connecting Orbits in Astrodynamics," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2016
  19. student portrait Anthony Harness, "High Contrast Astronomy with Starshades," Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Dec. 2016.
  20. student portrait Nicola Baresi, "Spacecraft Formation Flight on Quasi-periodic Invariant Tori," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2017.
  21. student portrait Ann Dietrich, "Supporting Autonomous Navigation with Flash Lidar Images in Proximity to Small Celestial Bodies," Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2017.
  22. student portrait Samantha Rieger, Natural and Artificial Satellite Dynamics and Evolution around Near-Earth Asteroids with Solar Radiation Pressure, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. December 2017.
  23. student portrait Stefaan Van Wal, High-Fidelity Simulation of Small-Body Lander/Rover Spacecraft, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2018.
  24. student portrait Benjamin Bercovici, Mapping And Navigation Of Small Bodies In The Presence Of Uncertainty, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 2019
  25. student portrait Daniel N. Brack, Investigations into the Relationship Between Surface Activity and the Dynamical State of Asteroids, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Dec. 2019
  26. student portrait Alex Davis, On Binary Asteroids: Dynamics, Formation and Parameter Estimation, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Aug. 2020.
  27. student portrait Sean Napier, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  28. student portrait Conor Benson, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  29. student portrait Casey R. Heidrich, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  30. student portrait Ryotaro Sakamoto, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  31. student portrait Chandrakanth Venigalla, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  32. student portrait Daniel A. Marsillach, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.