Mortari named AAS fellow

Photo of Dr. Daniele MortariDr. Daniele Mortari, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected a fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS).

AAS fellowship is conferred in recognition of “significant and unique contributions to astronautics, space science, space engineering, space education and outreach, and to AAS.”

During his tenure at Texas A&M, Mortari has made significant contributions to the field of astrodynamics, especially in the areas of spacecraft attitude and orbit estimation, attitude sensor data processing, applied mathematics, and most notably, satellite constellation design.

Mortari has received many honors and awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, NASA and AAS, including the AAS Best Paper Award in 2010. For the past several years he has been serving as associate editor for the AAS Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics Systems, and the International Journal of Navigation and Observations.

Mortari has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. and master's students, several of whom are university professors and researchers in various institutes in the United States and abroad. He has published extensively, with more than 60 journal articles and 160 conference papers, while he has also contributed several chapters in textbooks already in print, and a couple of upcoming textbooks as primary author on spacecraft attitude determination and orbit and attitude dynamics.