SPARC Faculty

Kristi Morgansen

Kristi Morgansen

Co-Director, SPARC Aeronautics and Astronautics

Control and sensing for nonlinear and coordinated autonomous systems.

Saadia Pekkanen

Saadia Pekkanen

Co-Director, SPARC Jackson School of International Studies

International space security, policy and law.

Behçet Açikmese

Behçet Açikmese

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Autonomous control systems and algorithms.

Payman Arabshahi

Payman Arabshahi

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Earth orbit and deep space communication networks and protocols, design of planetary exploration missions, sensor webs, and signal processing.

Cecilia Aragon

Cecilia Aragon

Human Centered Design and Engineering

Human-centered data science, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, data-intensive collaboration.

Anthony Arendt

Anthony Arendt

Applied Physics Laboratory

Hydrology/Glaciology of alpine systems; satellite and airborne remote sensing; open source geospatial software; cloud technologies.

Bruce Avolio

Bruce Avolio

Business Strategic Leadership

Accelerating positive forms of leadership; gamification, global business, leadership, organizational behavior, organization transformation.

Rory Barnes

Rory Barnes

Astronomy, Astrobiology

Simulation of planetary habitability from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the roles of planet formation, geophysics, atmospheric science, orbital oscillations, stellar evolution, and galactic processes.

Connie Bourassa-Shaw

Connie Bourassa-Shaw

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial aspects of space; development in leadership and innovation.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Earth and Space Sciences

Experimental and theoretical mineral physics; planetary materials under extreme conditions.

Adam Bruckner

Adam Bruckner

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Planetary resource utilization, space propulsion, space power systems, energy conversion, and laser applications in biology and medicine.

Steve Brunton

Steve Brunton

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics

Dimensionality reduction, sparse sensing, machine learning for the data-driven discovery and control of complex dynamical systems.

David Catling

David Catling

Earth and Space Sciences

Theory & analysis of planetary atmospheres and surfaces in the solar system and on exoplanets to understand their origin and evolution; Astrobiology.

William Covington

William Covington

Telecommunications Law and Policy

Technology law and public policy, land use policy.

Santosh Devasia

Santosh Devasia

Mechanical Engineering

Human-machine interaction, iterative control, distributed systems, manufacturing and robotics, manufacturing and assembly of aircraft and spacecraft structures.

Sharon Doty

Sharon Doty

Environmental and Forest Sciences

Microbial populations within pioneer plant species able to colonize newly formed land such as bare rocks and sand. Plant-microbe partnerships for reduced phytotoxicity of metals and pollutants.

Brian Flinn

Brian Flinn

Materials Science and Engineering

Structure processing and property relationships of advanced materials, degradation of materials.

Erika Harnett

Erika Harnett

Earth and Space Sciences

Planetary science (near space environment, space weather hazards, surface processes at airless bodies), science education (space technology, sciences and policy).

Blake Hannaford

Blake Hannaford

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Telerobotics: remote control of manipulators with and without time delay; telerobotic surgery, functional electrical stimulation, neural system control and haptic rendering.

Mark Haselkorn

Mark Haselkorn

Human Centered Design and Engineering

Strategic management of information and communication systems; risk and resilience; safety and security systems; visual analytics; situational awareness.

Jim Hermanson

Jim Hermanson

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Space propulsion, supersonic/hypersonic flow, cryogenic propellants, heat transfer, film condensation under reduced gravity conditions.

Tadayoshi Kohno

Tadayoshi Kohno

Computer Science and Engineering

Computer security and privacy.

Justin Little

Justin Little

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Electric propulsion, plasma diagnostics, small satellites, space systems, plasma physics.

Howard McCurdy

Howard McCurdy

Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Science and technology policy, with an emphasis on space exploration; government support for innovation, public-private partnerships, program management and the influence of popular culture on public policy.

Mehran Mesbahi

Mehran Mesbahi

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Automatic Control, autonomous vehicles, optimization, air traffic management, robotics, aerospace and information networks.

Monika Moskal

Monika Moskal

Environmental and Forest Sciences

Remote sensing and geospatial analysis to understand ecosystem services and function, bioenergy/biomass, forest health and inventories, spatiotemporal assessments and habitat mapping.

Anuscheh Nawaz

Anuscheh Nawaz

Applied Physics Laboratory

Electric propulsion,          experimental research, and environment focused, tech-startup.

Fumio Ohuchi

Fumio Ohuchi

Materials Science and Engineering

Plasma interactions with   materials, materials under   extreme environments.

Thomas Quinn

Thomas Quinn

Astronomy

Comet and asteroid origins and dynamics; Planetary orbital dynamics.

Sumit Roy

Sumit Roy

Electrical and Computer Engineering

UAV networking; RF observatory; Spectrum policies and engineering.

Jacques "Chris" Rudell

Jacques "Chris" Rudell

Electrical and Computer Engineering

High-speed, low-power integrated circuits and embedded system.

Marco Salviato

Marco Salviato

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Mechanics of solids and fracture mechanics; Advanced computational and analytical approaches and novel experimental techniques for understanding and improving the mechanical behavior of materials and structures.

David Shean

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Satellite, airborne, UAV, and terrestrial remote sensing observations to understand the Earth’s cryosphere.

Uri Shumlak

Uri Shumlak

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Advanced space propulsion, Fusion energy, plasma dynamics, electric propulsion devices.

Feng-Zhen Teng

Feng-Zhen Teng

Earth and Space Sciences

Isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry.

Nic Weber

Nic Weber

Information School

Information systems analysis and design, software sustainability, data curation.

Owen Williams

Owen Williams

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Supersonic retropropulsion; High-speed aerodynamics.

Dale Winebrenner

Dale Winebrenner

Earth and Space Sciences, Applied Physics Laboratory

Electromagnetic remote sensing of earth and planetary bodies, terrestrial and extraterrestrial glaciology.

Robert Winglee

Robert Winglee

Earth and Space Sciences

Space and science technology; plasma physics and engineering in relation to space environments and propulsion systems.