Nikolaos A. Gatsonis

Nikolaos A. Gatsonis

John Woodman Higgins Professor
Director, Aerospace Engineering Program
Office: Higgins Labs 244
Phone: +1-508-831-5576
Nikolaos A. Gatsonis received an undergraduate degree in Physics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1983), an M.S. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan (1996), an M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. ... View Profile
John J. Blandino

John J. Blandino

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 239
Phone: +1-508-831-6155
Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in 2001, I was a Senior Staff Engineer in the Advanced Propulsion Technology Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). My research at JPL included application of plasma sources for materials processing and the development of pulsed plasma and small-scale hydrazine thrusters. In the mission support area, I worked as the propulsion engineer for the Deep Space 3 Interferometer and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) missions. ... View Profile
Raghvendra V. Cowlagi

Raghvendra V. Cowlagi

Assistant Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Autonomous vehicles – aircraft, cars, rovers, over- and underwater vehicles that can move in the real world by themselves without human pilotage – have gained immense importance not only due to the broad spectrum of their potential military and civilian applications, but also due to the concurrent development of sensor technology and embedded systems that enable the realization of true autonomy. ... View Profile
Michael A. Demetriou

Michael A. Demetriou

Professor
Graduate Coordinator, Aerospace Engineering Program
Chair, AE BS/MS Program
Office: Higgins Labs 243
Phone: +1-508-831-5459
Professor Demetriou is very active with the Controls and Systems research community. He served as an Associate Editor in the IEEE Tr. on Automatic Control (2004-2007), in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control (2009-2011), and in SIAM J. Control and Optimization (2009-present). He is also serving in the IEEE-Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board as an Associate Editor (1997-present). In 2003 he established the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on Distributed Parameter Systems and served as his first chair (2003-2012). ... View Profile
Donna Hughes

Donna Hughes

Administrative Assistant V
Nikhil Karanjgaokar

Nikhil Karanjgaokar

Assistant Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1-508-831-6757
Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in August 2015, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at California Institute of Technology. My research at Caltech focused on the development of a Granular Element Method (GEM) based force visualization technique for the study of 2D granular systems under impact loading. I examined of the role of granular fabric on the wave motion and formation of force chains in granular media. ... View Profile
David J. Olinger

David J. Olinger

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 242
Phone: +1-508-831-5698, +1-508-831-5236
In my teaching I bring fluid and aerodynamics experiments, including wind tunnels, into the classroom each day. Fundamental concepts are demonstrated in these experiments, and collected data is immediately compared to the theory and equations learned during lecture. Students see that they can use what they are learning in class to predict the behavior of aerospace systems. They then go on to design improved systems in MQP projects and during their careers. ... View Profile
Mark W. Richman

Mark W. Richman

Associate Professor
Chair, Graduate Communication
Office: Higgins Labs 245
Phone: +1-508-831-5556, +1-508-831-5236