Jonathan Black

Professor, AOE; Director, Aerospace Systems Laboratory, Hume Center

  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S., George Washington University, Joint Institute for Advancement of Flight Sciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • B.S, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Industrial Engineering

Orbital Analysis, Space Systems Engineering, Structures, Structural Dynamics, Advanced Sensing Technologies

  • AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Grant, 2007
  • AIAA Associate Fellow
  • AIAA Special Service Citation, 2012
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • Navigation Research Excellence Award, 2010
  • AIAA Foundation Willy Z. Sadeh Award in Space Sciences and Space Engineering, 2004/2005
  • Department of the Air Force, Special Act or Service Citation, 08/2004 and 08/2005
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship, 2004/2005, 2005/2006
  • Director, Center for Space Research and Assurance, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2012-2014
  • 53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Conference on Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials, Structural Dynamics Technical Chair, 2012
  • 36th AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium (DCASS) General Chair, Mar. 2012
Space Experiments
LAICE -- Lower Atmosphere/Ionosphere Coupling Experiment, 2016 launch
ALICE -- AFIT LEO iMESA Carbon nanotube Experiment, 2012 launch


Space Situational Awareness (SSA)

Expanding the available SSA data to include serendipitous data collected from ground and space-based platforms to develop a fundamentally new capability for space object detection, estimation, and characterization.


Orbit Optimization
Developing automated optimal problem-driven space system design and satellite collection methodologies to produce better, more accurate, more timely, high confidence data.
Dr. Jonathan Black
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