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Click to read more about Dr. Brij N. Agrawal, Ph.D.Dr. Brij N. Agrawal, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Director, Spacecraft Research and Design Center


Distinguished Professor Brij N. Agrawal Dr. Brij Agrawal is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of Spacecraft Research and Design Center at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He has developed research programs in acquisition, tracking and pointing of flexible spacecraft with optical payloads; active vibration control, Isolation, and suppression using smart structures; space robotics, satellite servicing, space system design, and computer aided design tools.

Prior to joining NPS in 1989, he worked for twenty years for Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) and International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) where he conducted research in spacecraft attitude control, spacecraft structures, spacecraft system designs, and spacecraft testing. He participated in the development of INTELSAT IV, IV-A, V, VI, and VII, COMSTAR, and MARISAT satellites. Professor Agrawal has written first text book on spacecraft design “Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft”, has over 70 technical paper publication and has a patent for an attitude pointing error correction system for geosynchronous satellites.

He received Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1970 from Syracuse University and MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1968 from McMaster University, MS in Mechanical in 1966 from Roorkee University and BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1964 from Banares Hindu University. He has received NPS Outstanding Teacher Award, NPS Outstanding Researcher Award, an AIAA Space System Design Award, and INTELSAT Award for Inventiveness and Technological Contribution. Professor Agrawal is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a registered P.E. in the state of Maryland.



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