Jeffrey Parker
Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Office: ECNT 418

Focus Area

Astrodynamics & Satellite Navigation

Research Interests

  • Spacecraft mission design (interplanetary, lunar, and Earth-based)
  • Low-energy and low-thrust spacecraft trajectory design
  • Spacecraft navigation (LiAISON, lunar navigation)
  • Space Situational Awareness

Education

  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, The University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007
  • MS, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, The University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
  • BA, Physics and Astronomy (magna cum laude), Whitman College, 2001

Professional Experience

  • 2012 – Present, Assistant Research Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
  • 2008 – 2012, Mission Design and Navigation Specialist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Missions included GRAIL, Chandrayaan-1, ARTEMIS, Hayabusa, Proposed MoonRise New Frontiers, Proposed Lunette and VALOR Discovery, Proposed Saturn Probe, Team-X.
  • 2007 – 2008, Research Associate, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado

Awards (selected)

  • Meeting and Exceeding Great Achievements (MEGA) Award, JPL, NASA (2011) 1st Place in 2010 Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (2010) Achievement Award, Outstanding Team Award, and Flight Ops Team Award: Chandrayaan-1 Navigation (2010)
  • NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship Recipient (2005-2008) American Astronautical Society's John V. Breakwell Award (2005) Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant Award (2005) John A. Vise Award (2005) National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2002-2005)