Robert Culp

Professor Emeritus
Contact Information:
Culp@colorado.edu
303-492-7974

Focus Area

Astrodynamics & Satellite Navigation

Education

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, 1966
M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1963
B.S., Aeronautical and Space Engineering, with highest honors, University of Oklahoma, 1960

Professional Experience

1980-present, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1989-1995, Chair, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1985-2001, Associate Director, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado
1974-1980, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1968-1974, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
1960-1962, Applied Research Engineer, The Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin)

Awards (selected)

Big 12 Fellowship from the Vice Chancellor's Awards and Grants Advisory Committee (2002)
Named one of the "legends" of the Rocky Mountain Guidance and Control, AAS (2002)
Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1997)
John Leland Atwood Award of the ASEE and the AIAA (1995)
AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award (1995)
Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, University of Colorado (1994)
NASA Outstanding Contribution Awards, ODERACS I & II, STS 60, 63 (1994, 1995)
AAS Dirk Brouwer Award (1993)
AAS Fellow (1981); AIAA Associate Fellow (1973)

Research Interests

Orbital mechanics and astrodynamics, space debris, atmospheric drag and satellite decay, orbital perturbations, atmospheric modeling for satellite drag estimates, satellite fragmentation and collision hazard in space.