Zachary R Putnam

Zachary R Putnam
Zachary R Putnam
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-3231
321F Talbot Laboratory

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Education

  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, May 2004
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, May 2006
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, May 2015

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Aug. 2015-present
  • Research Engineer II, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Apr.-Jul. 2015

Other Professional Employment

  • Member of the Technical Staff II, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Houston, TX and Cambridge, MA, Sep. 2006-Dec. 2009
  • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA, Jan.-Aug. 2010

Research Interests

  • Space mission design
  • Atmospheric and space flight mechanics
  • Uncertainty analysis techniques for nonlinear systems
  • Entry, descent, and landing systems
  • Aerospace guidance, navigation, and control
  • Hypersonic and space systems design

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: student member (2004-2006), professional member (2006-2010), senior member (2010-present)
  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee: member (2015-present), awards subcommittee chair (2019-present)
  • American Society for Engineering Education: student member (2012-2015), member (2015-present)
  • American Astronautical Society: student member (2013-2015), member (2015-present)

Recent Courses Taught

  • AE 202 - Aerospace Flight Mechanics
  • AE 442 S1 - Aerospace Systems Design I
  • AE 443 S1 - Aerospace Systems Design II
  • AE 483 - Autonomous Systems Lab
  • AE 598 PE (AE 598 PE2, AE 598 PEO) - Planetary Entry