Faculty

Prof. Holzinger

Marcus Holzinger

Associate Professor • H. Joseph Smead Faculty Fellow
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
See Prof. Holzinger's biography .

Graduate Student

Daniel Aguilar-Marsillach

Daniel Aguilar-Marsillach

Ph.D. Student (4th year)
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Daniel Aguilar Marsillach is a graduate research assistant specializing in decision theory and tasking of electro-optical systems within the SSA field. His previous experience includes direct and indirect optimal control techniques along with real-time closed-loop control of electro-optical systems using image processing feedback. Daniel currently focuses on sensor tasking using evidential reasoning and estimation techniques to resolve hypotheses of interest for a set of resident space objects.
Julian Brew

Julian Brew

Ph.D. Candidate (4th year) • NSTRF Fellow • MSGS (East)
School of Aerospace Engineering • Georgia Tech
Julian is from Stone Mountain, Georgia, and is studying computationally tractable reachability for user-selected subspaces of larger problem.
Samuel Fedeler

Samuel Fedeler

Ph.D. Student (1st year) • Draper Fellow • NSF Fellow
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Sam is a first-year aerospace engineering graduate student at CU Boulder; he studied Physics and Computer science as an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University. Sam's research focuses on the development of novel autonomous multi-object tracking algorithms for ground-based telescopes. Other than his research, Sam enjoys the outdoors, whether he's hiking, skiing, playing soccer, or throwing a frisbee.
Matthew Harwood

Matthew Harwood

M.S. Student (2nd year)
School of Aerospace Engineering
Matthew is from Jacksonville, FL, and completed a dual B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at University of Florida. During his time away from studies and work, he enjoys distance running, cycling, climbing, backpacking, and the great outdoors. He also likes local eats, alternative rock music, and star gazing
Anna Montgomery

Anna Montgomery

Ph.D. Student • Dean's Fellowship
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Anna is from Tampa, FL and graduated from the University of Florida in May 2019 with dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her current research focus involves utilizing numerical methods to solve optimal control problems as they relate to astrodynamics. In her free time, Anna enjoys cooking, exploring local breweries and coffee shops, and various outdoor activities such as running, biking, and backpacking.
Andrey Pak

Andrey Pak

Ph.D. Student (4th year)
School of Aerospace Engineering (Robotics)
Andrey is a doctorate student in Robotics (Aerospace Engineering). After obtaining his Masters degree in Computer Vision and Robotics, he worked in Chile under the AFOSR grant on Random Finite Sets for space object tracking. His research interests include multi-target tracking for Space Situational Awareness. Andrey is an amateur photographer and while studying at Tech, he is also planning to get his private pilot certificate.
Karina Rivera

Karina Rivera

Ph.D. Student (3rd year)
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Karina's interests include research on guidance, navigation, and control algorithms for spacecraft proximity operations, satellite swarms, intelligent algorithms for autonomous missions. In addition, in her free time, she enjoy playing the violin and doing aerial arts.
Shahzad Virani

Shahzad (Shez) Virani

Ph.D. Student (4th year) • NDSEG Fellow • MSGS (West)
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Shez comes from the Atlanta metro area, and focuses his time on wide field-of-view electro-optical sensor control, data reduction, and detecting / tracking space objects.
Samuel Wishnek

Samuel Wishnek

Ph.D. Student (2nd year)
Ann & H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Sam graduated with high distinction from UC Berkeley with majors in physics and astrophysics. He spent two summers interning at Schaeffler and the following three at Northrop Grumman Synoptics. At Synoptics he built optical systems for laser crystal metrology. Sam's research interests include the application of optical systems to spacecraft tracking, guidance, navigation, and control.