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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

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Personal website
Professional website on astronautics, spacecraft design, space technology, and space history

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

 Lecture (video):  The Road to Space. The First Thousand Years.

ASTE 520 Spacecraft Design

Sputnik 1              Explorer 1           Vanguard 1

ac_front_cover   From Astronautics to Cosmonautics, 2007 


  Video clips: spacecraft design and space mission design

Space education - call for major changes in U.S. space education

Solar system galactic frontier
Energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) in space

Research Interests:

Astronautics, spacecraft and space mission design, space physics, space instrumentation and space sensors, space plasmas, spacecraft technologies.

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

USC Academic Positions:

2004-2007: Chair, Division of 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

Selected Publications:

M. Gruntman, "The Time for Academic Departments in Astronautical Engineering," Space-2007, Long Beach, Calif., AIAA-2007-6042, 2007.

      M. Gruntman, "Solar System Frontier: Exploring the Heliospheric Interface from 1 AU," Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 59(2), 54-58, 2006.
       M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail: The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry.  Reston: AIAA, 2004.  ISBN 1-56347-705-X
M. Gruntman, "Instrumentation for Interstellar Exploration," Advances in Space Research 34(1), 204-212, 2004
M. Gruntman, "Imaging the Three-Dimensional Solar Wind," Journal of Geophysical Research 106, 8205-8216, 2001
M. Gruntman, E. C. Roelof, D. G. Mitchell, H. J. Fahr, H. O. Funsten and D. J. McComas, "Energetic Neutral Atom Imaging of the Heliospheric Boundary Region," Journal of Geophysical Research 106(A8), 15767-15781, 2001
M. Gruntman, "Energetic Neutral Atom Imaging of Space Plasmas," Review of Scientific Instruments 68(10), 3617-3656, 1997
M. Gruntman, "EUV Radiation Filtering by Free-Standing Transmission Gratings," Applied Optics 34(25), 5732-5737, 1995
M. Gruntman, "Neutral Solar Wind Properties: Advance Warning of Major Geomagnetic Storms," Journal of Geophysical Research 99(A10), 19213-19227, 1994
M. Gruntman, "Anisotropy of the Energetic Neutral Atom Flux in the Heliosphere," Planetary and Space Science 40, 439-445, 1992
List of Publications

Professional Societies:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow
American Physical Society
American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards:

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: Outstanding Teaching Award, USC School of Engineering
1997: Certificate of Appreciation, Los Angeles Section, AIAA

Courses Taught:

ASTE 520, Spacecraft Design
AME 105, Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
AME 380, Basics of Astronautics and Space Science
AME 382, Astronautics and Space Environment II
AME 473, Spacecraft Propulsion
AME 482, Spacecraft Design
AME 501, Spacecraft Systems

Professional Service:

Member, advisory panels on science and technology: NASA HQ, NASA centers, DOE
Member (2005-now), 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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