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Axelrad, Penina

Distinguished Professor and The Negler Endowed Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Axelrad's primary research focus is on methods and applications for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) or GPS. She is particularly interested in GNSS for aerospace applications and remote sensing using GNSS occultations and reflections. Her other research areas include more general problems in spacecraft orbit estimation for space situational awareness and autonomous rendezvous and docking.


  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS / GNSS) technology and applications, Space Situational Awareness


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courses taught

  • ASEN 2003 - Aerospace 3: Introduction to Dynamics and Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
    Introduces the principles of particle and planar rigid body dynamics, systems, and controls. Topics include kinematics, kinetics, momentum and energy methods, system modeling, and simple feedback control. Class includes experimental and design laboratory exercises for aerospace applications of dynamic principles.
  • ASEN 3200 - Orbital Mechanics/Attitude Dynamics and Control
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2022
    Presents the fundamentals of orbital mechanics, 3D rigid body dynamics and satellite attitude dynamics and controls.
  • ASEN 5018 - Graduate Projects II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
  • ASEN 5090 - Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are important tools for navigation, science, and engineering. Introduces GNSS hardware, signal structure, algorithms, error sources, and modeling techniques. Programming experience is required.
  • ASEN 6028 - Graduate Projects II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Exposes MS and PhD students to leadership positions in project management and systems engineering while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. The project team may perform some or all of the following project activities during this second semester of the two-semester course sequence: requirements definition, design and design review, build, test, and verification. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 4138 or ASEN 5148 or ASEN 5018 or ASEN 5158 or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
  • MCEN 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020


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