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The Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) at The Naval Postgraduate School is an interdisciplinary association of faculty and academic chair professors representing eight separate academic disciplines. The SSAG has established Chair professorships sponsored by the NRO, NASA, Navy Space Technology Program, Naval NETWARCOM, and Lockheed-Martin. In addition, the MASINT Chair Professor supports the SSAG in areas of Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT).

  • Panholzer, Rudy: Professor and Chair (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Agrawal, Brij N.: Distinguished Professor (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Andersen, Karen: Program Manager, Remote Sensing Center (Department of Physics)

  • Alfriend, Terry: Visiting Professor (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Betterton, Tom: Space Technology Chair (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Boger, Dan C.: Interim Vice President and Dean of Research and Chair of Information Sciences Department (Office of the Dean of Research)

  • Bordetsky, Alexander: Associate Professor (Department of Information Science)

  • Brophy, Christopher: Associate Professor (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Budden, Nancy Ann: Director, Defense Counter Terrorism Technology Office of the Secretary of Defense (Department of Defense Analysis)

  • Bursch, Daniel W.: National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Aerospace Chair Professor, CAPT, USN, (ret) (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Colson, William (Bill): Professor (Department of Physics)

  • Danielson, Donald A.: Professor (Department of Applied Mathematics)

  • Durkee, Philip A.: Professor and Chair (Department of Meteorology)

  • Fouts, Douglas J.: Professor and Associate Dean of Research (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Gopinath, Ashok: Associate Professor (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Horning, James: Research Associate (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Kolsch, Mathias N.: Assistant Professor (Department of Computer Science)

  • Leonard, Barry S.: Visiting Associate Professor (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Loomis, Herschel H.: Professor (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Michael, Sherif: Professor (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Moltz, James C.: Associate Professor (Department of National Security Affairs)

  • Mueller, Jim: Navy TENCAP Research Coordinator (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Neta, Beny: Professor (Department of Applied Mathematics)

  • Newman, James H.: Professor (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Olsen, Richard C.: Professor (Department of Physics)

  • Phillips, John: NASA Chair Professor (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Pollak, Randall “Ty”: Maj, USAF, Military Faculty (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Racoosin, Charles M.: Visiting Assistant Professor and Space System Academic Chair (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Rhoades, Mark M.: Lecturer (Department of Systems Engineering)

  • Romano, Marcello: Assistant Professor (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Ross, Alan A.: Professor of the Practice (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Ross, I. Michael: Professor (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Sakoda, Daniel: Research Associate (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Sands, Timothy: Lt Col, USAF, Military Faculty, Assistant Professor (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Scott, Alan D.: Senior Lecturer (Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering)

  • Tackett, Stephen: Lecturer and Academic Associate (Space Systems Academic Group)

  • Trask, David: MASINT Chair Professor (Department of Physics)

  • Wadsworth, Donald van Zelm: Senior Lecturer (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Walters, Donald L.: Professor (Department of Physics)

  • Weatherford, Todd: Associate Professor (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Welch, William, J.: Lecturer (Department of Information Science)

Staff

Four engineers are employed by the SSAG to directly support the Small Satellite Design Program, and as a resource for officer students performing thesis research. Staff act as mentors and technical support in the operation and application of the facilities, tools, and resources available within the SSAG frame work.

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