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Timothy A Sands

Associate Professor
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-3954
NPS Experience
  • 2017 - current: Associate Professor
  • 2013 - 2017: Senior Military Professor (Air Force Institute of Technology)
  • 2010 - 2013: Assistant Professor
  • 2007 - 2010: Instructor -Electronic Warfare (USAF)
  • 2005 - 2007: PhD Candidate
  • 2004 - 2005: PhD Student
  • 2000 - 2004: Instructor -Electronic Warfare (USAF)
Other Experience
  • 2013 - 2017 Colonel/Senior Military Professor/Dean, Associate Provost (interim), Chief Academic Officer (interim), Air Force Institute of Technology
  • 2010 - 2011 Service Chief's Fellow, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • 2009 - 2010 Deputy Division Chief, Combat Plans, Korean Air & Space Operations Center
  • 2007 - 2009 Chief of Plans, 53rd Electronic Warfare Group
  • 1998 - 2004 B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer, Instructor, Weapons Instructor Course (WIC), U.S. Air Force
  • 1997 - 1998 Flight Officer Training, VT-10 Naval Air Station Pensacola
  • 1996 - 1997 Scuba Diver Course (CIN A-433-0023), Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
  • 1995 - 1997 Propulsion Engineer, Atlas Medium Launch Vehicle
  • 1993 - 1995 Spaceflight Planner, Space Test Program
Research Interests
Nuclear Deterrence, Chinese Studies, Korean Studies
Technical Translation
Dynamics & control flexible spacecraft structures
Spacecraft attitude control with control moment gyroscopes
Adaptive controls
Physics-based modeling
System identification
Model Predictive Control
Teaching Interests
Dynamics, mechanics
Nonlinear and adaptive controls
Spacecraft rotational mechanics, advanced mechanics and orbital robotics
Spacecraft attitude determination and control
Orbital mechanics, advanced astrodynamics
Advanced heat transfer
Signals and systems

Awards

  • 2010 - Theodore von Kármán Award
  • 2010 - Fellow, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • 2009 - Science and Engineering Award, US Air Force's Air Combat Command
  • 2009 - International Scholar Laureate, Golden Key International Honour Society
  • 2007 - Best Student Paper National Finalist, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Licensures and Certifications
  • 2015 Chief Developmental Tester, Key Leadership Position Joint Qualification Board
  • 2014 Level II Certification - Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering - Science and Technology Management, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act
  • 2013 Level III Certification - Program Management, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act
  • 2010 Level III Certification - Test and Evaluation, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act

Scholarly Work

Publications
  • Book Chapter
  • Sands, T. A, (2012). Physics-based control methods. Advances in Spacecraft Systems and Orbit Determination (pp. 30). London U.K.: InTechOpen.