Dr. Christine Hartzell

hartzell at umd.edu
Office: 3178 Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-4647
Christine Hartzell joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in February 2014. She completed her PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, under the direction of Dan Scheeres. Her thesis research topic was electrostatic dust levitation above asteroids and the Moon. Prior to coming to UMD, she was a Keck Institute for Space Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, where she studied granular mechanics. She completed her undergraduate work in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her CV can be found here.

Graduate Students

Dylan Carter

5th Year PhD Student
Awards: NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, 2016 SSPI Award for Best Application of the Scientific Method
Dylan completed his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD in 2013. His research focuses on tribocharging during impacts of dielectric grains of the same material. Most days, you can find Dylan sporting his astronaut cardigan hoodie.

Anthony DeCicco

4th Year PhD Student
Awards: NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, 2016 SSPI Most Effective Presentation Award
Anthony completed his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2014. Anthony is currently designing and testing a neutral beam method to control the spin rate of asteroids. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys cooking desserts and playing jazz.

Tom Leps

4th Year PhD Student
Awards: First Place, 2016 AIAA Region I Student Conference - Graduate Student Division, 2017 SSPI Award for Best Application of the Scientific Method
Tom completed his B.S. in Math and Physics from Fort Lewis College, where he also worked as a lab manager. Tom is using LIGGGHTS (an open source DEM code) to model the behavior of a magnetorheological-fluid based robotic end-effector (MR Gripper). In his spare time, Tom reads Wikipedia and rock climbs.

Jackson Shannon

1st Year PhD Student
Jackson completed his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at University of Maryland in 2017. After doing undergraduate research with Dr. Hartzell looking at orbital debris detection, he decided to stay for a PhD. In his spare time, Jackson enjoys golfing, fishing, and cheering on the Terps!

Alexis Truitt

1st Year PhD Student
Awards: Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Fellowship
Alexis completed her B.S. in Astronomy and Physics at University of Maryland. After her undergraduate studies, Alexis worked for the Space Telescope Science Institute and then the DOD. Alexis also received her MS in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. Alexis' research is focused on the interaction of solar sails with the space environment. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys traveling and mentoring.

Lab Alumni

Teddy Levine

MS, Dec 2016
Thesis Title: The Effects of Tidal Forces on the Minimum Energy Configurations of the Full Three-Body Problem