Jay McMahon
Associate Professor • Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)

Office location: AERO 461

Focus Area

Astrodynamics & Satellite Navigation Systems (ASN)

Education

PhD, Aerospace Engineering Science, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011
MS, Astronautical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2006
BS, Aerospace Engineering (cum laude) , University of Michigan, 2004

Professional Experience

2021 - Present, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2016 - 2021, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2013 - 2016, Assistant Research Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2011 - 2013, Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2008 - 2011, Graduate Research Assistant, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2004 - 2008, Member Technical Staff, Guidance Analysis Department, The Aerospace Corporation

Awards (selected)

Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advisor Award, CU Engineering, 2021
Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2020
DARPA YFA Fellow, 2020 - 2021
NASA STMD Early Career Faculty fellow, 2018 - 2021
NIAC Fellow, 2017 - 2020
Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2017
AIAA Associate Fellow, 2017
AIAA-Rocky Mountain Section Young Engineer of the Year, 2017
Asteroid 1998 OS14 renamed (46829) McMahon, 2016
NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (NESSF), 2010 - 2011

Research Interests

Astrodynamics
Autonomous Guidance, Navigation and Control
Asteroid and Comet Science
Solar System Exploration