Mark L Psiaki

Kevin Crofton Faculty Chair in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

  • Ph D (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Princeton University, 1987
  • MA (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Princeton University, 1984
  • BA (Physics), Princeton University, 1979
  • Estimation and Kalman filtering.
  • GPS/GNSS signal processing, security, & integrity.
  • Radio navigation.
  • Inertial navigation.
  • Satellite attitude determination.
  • Satellite orbit determination.
  • Inverse problems in remote sensing.
  • Mechanical Design Engineer, RCA Astro-Electronics, East Windsor, NJ, 1979-1982.
  • Graduate Student & Assistant in Instruction, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 1982-1986.
  • Professor (acting assistant, then assistant, then associate, then full), Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1986-2016.
  • Professor Emeritus, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 2016-present.
  • Professor & Kevin Crofton Faculty Chair, Kevin Crofton Dept. of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016-present.
  • Fellow of the AIAA, 2017-present.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Navigation (ION), 2014-present.
  • ION Tycho Brahe Award, 2013.
  • ION Burka Award, 2005.
  • Best-Paper-at-Conference Awards for 4 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, & Control Conferences: 1997, 2005, 2007, & 2009.
  • Best-Paper-at-Conference Awards for 2 AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conferences: 1998 & 2002.

Primary emphasis is on dynamics and control with a specialization in estimation problems and Kalman filtering. Applications of primary interest include GPS/GNSS-based navigation, GPS/GNSS receivers for new signals or unusual environments, GPS/GNSS integrity, alternatives to GPS/GNSS, spacecraft orbit determination, spacecraft attitude determination & control, and remote sensing of the upper atmosphere. Efforts include the development of novel system designs/concepts, of the corresponding problem models, and of the associated numerical estimation algorithms and software. Some projects involve flight hardware and experiments or campaigns to collect remote-sensing data. Other projects are based primarily on analysis and simulation. Virtually all efforts include significant development of custom-designed numerical analysis algorithms and software.

Mark Psiaki, professor, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Dr. Psiaki
  • (540) 231-1907
  • mlpsiaki@vt.edu
  • Center for Space Science and Engineering Research
    1901 Innovation Dr., Room 1030
    Blacksburg, VA 24061