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Space Systems Design Laboratory

Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0150
Phone: 404.894.7783
Fax: 404.894.2760

News & Events

SSDL alumnus (M.S. in May 2009) and Naval aviator Chris Marsh has been competitively selected for Test Pilot School. Chris will fly a wide variety of airframes while stationed in England for a year before returning to Pax River MD for a follow-on test tour.

SSDL is pleased to welcome new graduate students Robert Booher, Jay Fisher, Michel Alves Lacerda, Nicole Tyman and Bryce Woollard in Fall 2014.

SSDL Co-Director and Principal Investigator for the Prox-1 mission, Prof. David Spencer was featured in an Aerospace Engineering news story that described the preparations of the Prox-1 team for a launch date in 2016. Prox-1 will be the first spacecraft built by Georgia Tech to be launched into space.

Professor E. Glenn Lightsey will join the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the Space Systems Design Laboratory in January 2015. Professor Lightsey is a well accomplished educator, researcher, and technologist. He has developed and operated five LEO spacecraft with two additional spacecraft slated for launch by 2015, each with well-defined scientific and technological objectives. His research focuses on the technology of satellites, with a focus on novel guidance, navigation, and control technologies, proximity operations, spacecraft rendezvous, formation flying, and space systems engineering. He has received the Institute of Navigation's Tycho Brahe Award (2004), the American Society for Engineering Education's John Leland Atwood Award (2011), and the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship (2011). Professor Lightsey is also the founder of Austin Satellite Design, LLC, a small company that commercializes space technology for small satellites.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Hisham Ali who received a best poster award at the 11th International Planetary Probe Workshop in Pasadena, CA in June 2014 for his poster entitled, "In Situ Magnetohydrodynamic Energy Generation for Planetary Entry Vehicles."

Zach Putnam

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Zach Putnam who was awarded the Best Student Paper at the 2014 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference in June 2014. His paper, AIAA 2014-2381, is entitled, "Extension and Enhancement of the Allen-Eggers Analytic Solution for Ballistic Entry Trajectories." This is the second Atmospheric Flight Mechanics best student paper won by an SSDL student in 2014 and the sixth such award since 2007.

SSDL graduate student Johnny Worthy was featured in an Aerospace Engineering news story that described his recent NSF fellowship and summer research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Jeremy Hill who successfully completed his Ph.D. Proposal, entitled "Multi-Scale Structural Modeling of Materials for Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators," in May 2014.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Brooke Harper who received an M.S. degree in the May 2014 commencement ceremony. Brooke is now employed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate students Dave Blette, Sean Chait and Adam Sidor who were each competitively awarded a 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student, Byron Davis, who was chosen to participate in the 2014 NASA Planetary Science Summer School held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It is an intensive one-week team exercise to learn the process of developing a robotic mission concept into reality through concurrent engineering. Byron was one of 18 doctoral students and post-docs chosen nationally to participate in the JPL Power Systems session in August 2014.

Congratulations to SSDL undergraduate researcher, Veronica Foreman, who was named by the Georgia Tech College of Engineering as an Outstanding AE Undergraduate Researcher. This is the first time that an SSDL undergraduate student has received this award.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate students Andris Jaunzemis and Johnny Worthy III who were competitively selected for 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.