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Holzinger, Marcus J Associate Professor and Smead Faculty Fellow


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research overview

  • Professor Holzinger's creative efforts applying autonomy, controls & dynamical systems, and perception to space domain awareness (SDA) and space guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) focus on a scholarly `theory to hardware' approach. Using this philosophy, theoretical investigations are confirmed through empirical observations of on-orbit space objects. This combination of empirical data generation assets makes Dr. Holzinger's lab exceedingly unique, generating graduate students with strong theoretical foundations in astrodynamics, controls, and sensor systems, while also comfortable manipulating raw sensor data and operating the electro-optical assets themselves. Dr. Holzinger's sensing assets include several Raven-class telescopes, wide-Field of View optical systems, SDR receivers, and an experimental ground operations facility.


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courses taught

  • ASEN 3200 - Orbital Mechanics/Attitude Dynamics and Control
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Presents the fundamentals of orbital mechanics, 3D rigid body dynamics and satellite attitude dynamics and controls.
  • ASEN 4018 - Senior Projects 1: Design Synthesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Focuses on the synthesis of technical knowledge, project management, design process, leadership, and communications within a team environment. Students progress through the design process beginning with requirements development, then preliminary design and culminating with critical design. Offered fall only.
  • ASEN 4028 - Senior Projects 2: Design Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Focuses on the fabrication, integration, verification and validation of designs produced in ASEN 4018. Students work within the same teams from ASEN 4018. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 5940 - Engineering Research Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Grants credit to foreign visiting graduate students for conducting research within the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department. Credits can be transferred to the student's home institution. CU-Boulder students may also receive credit for conducting research outside of the university, either overseas or in the US.
  • ASEN 6080 - Statistical Orbit Determination
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Course on orbit and advanced estimation techniques. Emphasizes orthogonal transformation techniques such as Givens and Householder, square root filtering and smoothing and considers covariance analysis. Also nonlinear filters and dynamic model compensation techniques. Requires term project that involves the application of many of the techniques required for precise orbit determination.
  • ASEN 6519 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Reflects upon specialized aspects of aerospace engineering sciences. Course content is indicated in the online Schedule Planner. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: varies.
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020


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