Current

Doctoral Program

Davide Conte

Advisor: David Spencer
Dissertation Title: Relative Motion and Rendezvous in the Restricted N-body Problem (working title)
Master’s Thesis TitleDetermination of Optimal Earth-Mars Trajectories to Target the Moons of Mars
Topics of Interest: Relative motion in the three-body problem, space mission design for robotic and crewed missions, space systems engineering, trajectory optimization for Earth-Moon and interplanetary missions, and Kerbal Space Program
Expected Graduation: May 2018

Taewook Lee

Advisor: Puneet Singla
Dissertation Title: TBD
Master Thesis: Sparse Approximation based Maximum Likelihood Approach for Radiological Source Terms Identification

Topics of Interest: Dynamic sensing and information fusion, Data driven Modeling, Computational Approaches for Uncertainty Propagation through Nonlinear Dynamic Systems, Sparse Approximation, Nonlinear Filtering
Expected Graduation: May 2018

Andrew Goodyear

Advisor: David Spencer
Dissertation Title: TBD
Master’s Thesis TitleOptimal Low-Thrust Geostationary Transfer Orbit Using a Hybrid Pseudospectral Collocation Method
Topics of Interest: Low-thrust trajectory optimization, autonomous obstacle avoidance and rendezvous, satellite control and guidance systems, N-body dynamics
Expected Graduation: May 2019

Ghanghoon Paik

Advisor: Robert Melton
Dissertation Title: TBD
Master’s Thesis TitleOptimal Orbit Raising via Particle Swarm Optimization
Topics of Interest: Trajectory optimization, spacecraft dynamics and control, satellite attitude control
Expected Graduation: May 2019

 Guanwei He

Advisor: Robert Melton
Dissertation Title: TBD
Topics of Interest: Trajectory optimization for Earth-moon space, interplanetary dynamics, and numerical analysis for astrodynamics
Expected Graduation: May 2019

Mehrdad Mirzaei

Advisor: Puneet Singla
Dissertation Title: Numerical Methods in Solving the HJB Equation
Master Thesis: Optimal Path Planning for a Low-Altitude flight Pursuit

Topics of Interest: Optimal feedback control, attitude control, nonlinear observer design
Expected Graduation: May 2019

 Brad Sottile

Advisor: Robert Melton
Dissertation Title: Evolutionary Computation for Solving Astrodynamics Problems (working title)
Master’s Thesis TitleEvolutionary Computation for Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization
Topics of Interest: Applied scientific computing, educational psychology and STEM teaching pedagogy, heuristic (“modern”) optimization techniques, spacecraft dynamics and control, and spacecraft trajectory design and optimization
Expected Graduation: May 2019

 Jason Reiter

Advisor: David Spencer
Dissertation Title: Spacecraft Stealth through Optimization of Orbit-Perturbing Maneuvers: A Game Theory Approach (working title)
Funding Source: Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) fellowship with the Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office

Master’s Thesis Title: Numerical and Analytical Solutions to Rapid Collision Avoidance Maneuvers Constrained By Mission Performance Requirements
Topics of Interest: Space debris, space situational awareness (collision avoidance, defensive maneuvering, etc), trajectory optimization, orbit determination, and game theory
Expected Graduation: May 2020

Jungmin Choi

Advisor: David Spencer
Dissertation Title: TBD
Master’s Thesis Title: Orbit Determination of Korea Regional Navigation Satellite System based on Inter-Satellite Link
Topics of Interest: Precise orbit determination, spacecraft navigation and trajectory optimization, astrodynamics, development of CubeSats and satellites, spacecraft attitude determination and control
Expected Graduation: May 2020 

Peter Scarcella

Advisor: David Spencer
Dissertation Title: TBD
Master’s Thesis Title: Parametric Trade Study of Multiple Libration Point Orbits in the Circular Restricted Four Body Problem
Topics of Interest: Orbit determination, manifolds/libration point orbits/CR3BP/CR4BP, collision avoidance, rendezvous and docking, interplanetary trajectories and aerobraking
Expected Graduation: May 2020

 

Master’s Program

Jeffrey Small

Advisor: Robert Melton
Master’s Thesis Title: Orbital Trajectory Optimization Utilizing Particle Swarm Methods (working title)
Topics of Interest: Orbital trajectory optimization, attitude control, and optical navigation
Expected Graduation: December 2017

Matthew Shaw

Advisor: Robert Melton
Master’s Thesis Title: Optimization for Trajectories Involving Gravitational Assists and Solar Sails (working title)
Topics of Interest: Solar sails, trajectory optimization, 3-body problem, relative motion
Expected Graduation: Spring 2018

Zachary Hall

Advisor: Puneet Singla
Master’s Thesis Title: TBD
Topics of Interest: Orbit mechanics, attitude control
Expected Graduation: Spring 2019

Damien Gueho

Advisor: Robert Melton
Master’s Thesis Title: TBD
Topics of Interest: Orbit mechanics, attitude control
Expected Graduation: Spring 2019