Dr. David B. Spencer

Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Penn State University

Office: 229C Hammond Building

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

Voice: (814) 865-4537

Fax: (814) 865-7092

e-mail: dbs9@psu.edu

Office Hours: (Spring 2016)

MWF: 11:00-12:00 or by appointment

 

Teaching: 2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall AERSP 401 Spacecraft Design (Preliminary)
Fall AERSP 450 Orbit and Attitude Control of Spacecraft
Spring AERSP 401 Spacecraft Design (Detailed)
Spring AERSP 550 Astrodynamics

Teaching in Previous Years

AERSP 001S First Year Seminar
AERSP 304 Dynamics and Controls of Aerospace Systems
AERSP 309 Astronautics
AERSP 597 Statistical Orbit Determination
AERSP 597 Interplanetary Astrodynamics

Research: My research have been focused in the area of spacecraft dynamics and control, including

Theoretical and Applied Astrodynamics
Space Debris Dynamics
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
2012 present: Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
2008 2011: Director of Graduate Programs, College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
2005 2012: Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace 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, Los Angeles, California
1983 1985: Graduate Research Assistant, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Honors and Professional Activities

Service: To the Profession and the University

To The Profession:

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 (2001present)
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, University Graduate Council, 20112015
Chair, Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research, 20112015
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, 2006present
Member, Graduate Committee, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 19992002
Updated 1/7/16