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Mike Gruntman
Professor of Astronautics 


University of Southern California
Division of Astronautical Engineering
854B Downey Way, mc 1192
Los Angeles, California 90089-1192

RRB 224
(213) 740-5536

Email Address:  mikeg@usc.edu

Website:    http://astronauticsnow.com
Personal web site

Mike's educational video clips 
on satellite orbits and mission design

Mike's books
Mike's short courses (space systems) for gov't and industry

Research Interests:

Astronautics, spacecraft and space mission design, space physics, space instrumentation and space sensors, orbital debris, spacecraft technologies, rocketry and propulsion, interstellar flight

Current NASA Missions
TWINS - mission Co-Investigator
IBEX- mission Co-Investigator

Energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) in space

Selected Scholarly Publications (nearly 300, including 4 books and 90+ articles in refereed journals and book chapters)

picture of book 

Blazing The Trail: The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry,
AIAA, Reston, Va., 2004

Winner of the Luigi Napolitano Award (2006) 
from the International Academy of Astronatics


Advanced degrees in astronatical engineering for the space industry (2014) - history and focus of the USC Astronautics program

Current courses

ASTE 520 Spacecraft Design
among largest graduate courses in space engineering in the United States
(1200 students during the last ten years alone)

ASTE 470 Spacecraft Propulsion

USC Academic Positions:

2004-2007: Founding Chairman, Department of Astronautical Engineering
1995-now: Director, Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering
1993-now: Professor of Astronautics; Professor of Aerospace Engineering
1990-93: Research Scientist, Space Sciences Center

 Other Professional Positions:

1988: Visiting Scientist, FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1987-1990: Research Fellow, Institute for Problems in Mechanics, USSR Academy of Sciences
1977-1986: Research Fellow, Space Research Institute (IKI), USSR Academy of Sciences

Professional Societies:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow
International Academy of Astronautics, Corresponding Member
American Physical Society
American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards:

2011: NASA Group Achievement Award
2006: Luigi Napolitano Award, International  Academy of Astrounatics
2001: NASA Group Achievement Award
2000: NASA Group Achievement Award
1999: School of Engineering, Exceptional Service Award
1998: Certificate, Los Angeles Section, AIAA
1997: Certificate of Appreciation, Los Angeles Section, AIAA

Professional Service:

Member, advisory panels on science and technology: NASA HQ, NASA centers, DOE
Member (2005-2013), Editorial Board, ASTRA
Member (2001-2003), Editorial Board, Review of Scientific Instruments
Member, Science and Technology Definition Team, Interstellar Probe
Member, Sun-Earth Connection Roadmap Team 
Member, Technical Advisory Board, Worlds Beyond, California Science Center

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