• Dr. David B. Spencer

    Professor
    Department of Aerospace Engineering
    Penn State University

    Mailing Address: 229 Hammond Building, University Park, PA 16802

    Voice: (814) 865-4537

    Cell: (814) 571-7433

    Fax: (814) 865-7092

    e-mail: dbs9@psu.edu

     

     

    Teaching:

    Research: My research have been focused in the area of spacecraft dynamics and control, including
    Theoretical and Applied Astrodynamics
    Space Debris Dynamics
    Space Situational Awareness
    Space Systems Technology
    Continuous-Thrust Orbit Transfers
    Trajectory Optimization
    High-Accuracy Orbit Determination
    Spacecraft Mission Design and Engineering
    Aerospace Systems Design Optimization

    Publications: Click here for a list of publications

    Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants: Click here for a list of student theses

    Full Resume

    Education

    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
    M.B.A. in Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Professional Experience
    2020 - present: Systems Director, Technology Development Department, The Aerospace Corporation
    2019 2020: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense
    2012 present: Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    2005 2012: Director of Graduate Programs, College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    2004 2008: Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    2002: Member of the Technical Staff, Navigation and Mission Design Section, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow)
    1999 2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    1998 1999: Deputy Branch Chief, Space Sensing and Vehicle Control Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory
    1996 1999: Chief, Space Flight Dynamics and Control Group, and Space Debris Research Program Manager, Air Force Research Laboratory
    1995 1996: Space Debris Research Program Manager and Orbital Dynamics Program Manager, Air Force Phillips Laboratory
    1994 1995: Deputy Space Debris Research Program Manager and Orbital Dynamics Program Manager, Air Force Phillips Laboratory
    1990 1994: Air Force Senior Knight Fellow, University of Colorado, Boulder and Aerospace Engineer, Air Force Phillips Laboratory
    1985 1990: Member of the Technical Staff, Astrodynamics Department, The Aerospace Corporation
    1983 1985: Graduate Research Assistant, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
    Honors and Professional Activities
    International Astronautical Federations's Frank J. Malina Medal (2018)
    Vice President, Technical, American Astronautical Society, AAS
    Fellow, AAS
    Full Member, International Academy of Astronautics
    Associate Fellow, AIAA
    Member, American Society of Engineering Education
    Member, Tau Beta Pi
    Member, Pi Tau Sigma
    Member, ASME
  • Service: To the Profession and the University

    To The Profession:

    Member, International Academy of Astronautics Commission 3 (Space Technology and System Development) (2018present)
    Member, International Academy of Astronautics Space Debris Committee (2016present)
    Member, International Astronautical Federation Astrodynamics Committee (20092014)
    Member, International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee (2009present)
    Associate Editor, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (20012020)
    Chair, AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee (20042006)
    Member, AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee (19952000, 2001present)
    Member, AIAA Public Policy Committee (2002present)
    Member, AAS Spaceflight Mechanics Technical Committee (19962000)
    Reviewer: J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, J. Spacecraft and Rockets, J. Astronautical Sciences, Acta Astronautica, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, IEEE Transactions, Aerospace Science and Technology AST

    To The University:

    Member, College of Engineering Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2016-2018
    Member, College of Engineering Academic Integrity Committee, 2012-2019
    Member, University Graduate Council, 20112015
    Chair, Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research, 20112015
    University Faculty Marshal, 2008-2019
    Chair, Graduate Committee, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 20042008
    Member, University Faculty Senate, 20052009
    Chair, Engineering Faculty Council, 20042005
    Vice Chair, Engineering Faculty Council, 20032004
    Secretary, Engineering Faculty Council, 20022003
    Member, Engineering Faculty Council, 20012006
    Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 19992006
    Member, Department Executive Committee, 20062008
    Member, Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, 20062008, 2012-2015, 20172019
    Member, Graduate Committee, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 19992002
    Updated 11/7/20