Mr. Andrea Accomazzo

Head of the Solar and Planetary Missions Division in the Mission Operations Department at the European Space Agency. At the Agency since 1999, worked for the Rosetta and Venus Express missions as Operations Manager and Flight Director. Worked at Fiat Avio for the Vega launch vehicle and the Rosetta lander. Graduated at Politecnico di Milano in Aerospace Engineering in 1995. Completed basic pilot training at the Italian Air Force Academy. Likes football, mountain-biking, and skiing.

Here’s more about Mr. Andrea Accomazzo:

  • He completed the first 2 years of training as a military pilot, to then complete his master graduation
    in aerospace engineering at the Politecnico di Milano 19995 with a master thesis on the trajectory
    control for the Vega launch vehicle
  • He worked from 1995 till 1999 at BPD Difese e Spazio, then Fiat Avio, in the Colleferro (Rome) and
    Turin establishments, where he followed the project of the GNC system of the Vega launch vehicle
    and the descent system of the Philae lander of the Rosetta mission
     In 1999 he joined the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Space Operations Centre
    (ESOC) in Darmstadt (Germany) as Spacecraft Operations Engineer for the Rosetta mission, role that
    he kept till launch in March 2004
  • In 2003 he was assigned as Spacecraft Operations Manager for the Venus Express mission, role that
    he kept during launch in November 2005 and orbit insertion at Venus in April 2006.
  • He returned to the Rosetta mission as Spacecraft Operations Manager in 2006. In this role he was
    responsible for the preparation and execution of all flight activities of the mission during the
    interplanetary cruise, hibernation, and comet proximity operations.
  • Since April 2013 he is head of the Solar and Planetary Missions Division in the Mission Operations
    Department, and as such Flight Director of all ESA interplanetary missions; in particular he has been
    the Flight Director for the Rosetta mission in its most critical phase after the arrival at comet
    Churyumov-Gerasimenko and during the landing of the Philae probe on the surface of the comet in
    November 2014.
  • After this event he has focused more on missions in development phase like:.
    – Exomars Orbiter and Rover, arrived at Mars in 2016 and to be launched in 2020 respectively
    – Bepi Colombo, launch towards Mercury in 2018 and arrival in 2025
    – Solar Orbiter, launch towards the Sun in 2019 and start of routine operations in 2021
    – Juice, launch towards Jupiter and its moons in 2022/2024 and arrival in 2030/2034

Dr. Kerri Cahoy

Dr. Kerri Cahoy is an associate professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and leads the MIT Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation (STAR) Lab. She currently works on nanosatellite laser communication systems and weather sensors. She also works on space telescope missions to directly image exoplanets, and is developing a 6U CubeSat to test MEMS deformable mirror technology for high contrast coronagraph wavefront control systems. Her group also works on understanding the relationship between space weather and spacecraft anomalies, and does radiation testing of commercial CubeSat components. Previously, Dr. Cahoy worked on spacecraft radio systems for space weather and planetary atmospheric sensing, nanosatellites. She worked on the MIT Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory lunar mission team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She has used spacecraft radio systems to study the atmospheres and ionospheres of solar system planets.

Academic Degrees

2008, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; 2002, M.S. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; 2000, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

Honors and Awards

Cornell University Co-op Mentor of the Year Award at Space Systems Loral, 2008 Winifred Hill Boyd Scholarship, Kappa Delta, 2006 Stanford University GSPB Award for Graduate Community Service, 2003 Cornell University William S. Einwechter Award in Electrical Engineering, 2000

Society Memberships

American Geophysical Union, American Astronomical Society, National Society for Optics and Photonics

Positions Held at MIT

Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2011 — Present; Research Staff, Earth and Planetary Sciences and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, June 2010 — July 2011

Positions Held outside MIT

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center, Exoplanets, October 2008 – June 2010; Senior RF Payload Engineer and Communications Scientist, Space Systems Loral, August 2006 – October 2008; NASA Educational Associate, January 2006 – August 2006; NASA Ames Research Center, Intelligent Robotics Group, Graduate Student Researcher; Stanford University Electrical Engineering, June 2002 – January 2006

Specialization and Research Interests

Wavefront control systems for exoplanet exploration and free-space, laser communication, Spacecraft radio systems for space weather and planetary atmospheric sensing, nanosatellites (CubeSats)

Teaching Interests

Spacecraft engineering, optical and radio remote sensing

 

Prof. Daniel Hastings

As the CEO and Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Professor Hastings spearheads the SMART Centre’s mission. The mission is the undertake world-class research on specific problems of societal significance to Singapore and of interest of MIT.

Professor Hastings earned a PhD and and SM, from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980 and 1978 respectively, and received a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University in England in 1976. He joined the MIT faculty in 1985. With over 30 years of experience in academia, Professor Hastings was MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education from 2006 to 2013, head of the MIT Technology and Policy Program and director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division.

Professor Hastings is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAA), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He has published over 120 papers, written a book on spacecraft environment interactions and won 5 best papers awards. His recent research is focused on Complex Aerospace System Design. His previous work was on spacecraft environment interactions and space propulsion.

Academic Degrees

B.A., 1976, Oxford University S.M., 1978, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., 1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

Member, International Academy of Astronautics; National Guard Bureau Eagle Award, 1999; Air Force Distinguished Civilian Award, 1999; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, 1997; International Council on System Engineering Fellow, 2007; National Academy of Engineering, 2017.

Positions Held at MIT

Associate Department Head for Research, 1993-1996; Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993-present; Professor, Engineering Systems, 2000-2015; Director, Technology and Policy Program, 2000 – 2003; Associate Director & Co-Director, Engineering Systems Division, 2000-2004; Director, Engineering Systems Division, 2004-2005; Dean for Undergraduate Education, 2006-2013; Chief Executive Officer and Director Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, 2014-present.

Positions Held outside MIT

Chief Scientist of the Air Force, 1997-1999; NRC Government Industry University Roundtable, 2000-2003; Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, 2000-2009; Chair, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab S&T Advisory Panel, 2001-2010; NASA Advisory Council, 2001-2003; National Science Board, 2002-2008; National Academy of Engineering, Committee of the Engineer 2020, 2001-2006; Board of Trustees of Aerospace Corp, 2000-2009, 2010-present; Member, Draper Board, 2010-present; NRC Air Force Studies Board, 2011-present; AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, 2008-2013.

Specialization and Research Interests

Synergetic interactions between space systems and the space environment, space propulsion, space policy, space systems, spacecraft manufacturing processes, space system architecting

Teaching Interests

Space systems design, space policy, satellite engineering, technology and policy