Marco Ciarcia

Marco Ciarcià


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Crothers Engineering Hall



Mailing Address

Crothers Engineering Hall 210
Mechanical Engineering-Box 2219
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


I received the M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at Università degli Studi di Palermo in 2001. In 2008 I completed the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Angelo Miele. From 2010 to 2014, I was awarded of the U.S. National Research Council Research Fellowship. In that period, my research activities were carried out at the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. The main research project involved the design, development, and testing of a suboptimal guidance strategy for spacecraft proximity maneuvers. I am now Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University in the Mechanical Engineering Department. As director of the Aerospace Robotics Testbed Laboratory (ARTLAB), my current research interests include: robotics, nonlinear control, optimal control, spacecraft GNC, small satellites.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2008
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, 2001

Academic Responsibilities

ME 451 - Automatic Controls
ME 441/541 - Robotic Systems
ME 492/592 - Mechatronics
ME 492/592 - Nonlinear Programming

Awards and Honors

U.S. NRC Research Associateship, 2010-2014

Work Experience

2015-2016, Chief Research Engineer at NANOCOMSAT, Zurich, Switzerland
2010-2014, US National Research Council Research Associate at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
2009-2010, Visiting Researcher at Rice University, Houston, TX
2009, Lecturer at Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
2007-2009, Postdoctoral Fellow at Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

Area(s) of Research

Nonlinear Control,
Optimal Control



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