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Marco Ciarcia

Marco Ciarcià

Title

Assistant Professor

Office Building

Crothers Engineering Hall

Office

210

Mailing Address

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

Biography

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 newly established ARTLAB (Aerospace Robotics Testbed Lab), my current research interests include: robotics, nonlinear control, optimal control, spacecraft GNC, small satellites.

Education

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 492/592 - Robotic Systems
ME 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

Robotics,
Mechatronics,
Nonlinear Control,
Optimal Control

Department(s)

Links

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