The Michael M. Byram Distinguished Visiting Professorship (Byram DVP) brings in an internationally-renowned external researcher for one or two semesters each year to treach classes, host seminars, and collaborate with our faculty, further amplifying the research impact of our department.
The first Byram DVP was awarded in 2018 to Sergio Pellegrino.
Sergio Pellegrino is the Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and Civil Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, a JPL Senior Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Space Solar Power Project. Pellegrino is the current Michael M. Byram Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Pellegrino’s general area of research is the mechanics of lightweight structures, focusing on packaging, deployment, shape control and stability. With his students and collaborators, he is currently working on novel concepts for future space telescopes, spacecraft antennas, and space-based solar power systems.
Pellegrino is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of AIAA and a Chartered Structural Engineer. He is currently President of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and was the founding chair of the AIAA Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee. Pellegrino has authored over 300 technical publications.