Associate Professor, Fellow of the FSX Professorship in Space Application and Exploration
Phone: (512) 471-7587
Office: WRW 402C
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
The Earth is very dynamical object - its shape, orientation and mass distribution change on time-scales of days to millenia, driven by physical process in the ocean, the atmosphere, the ice and in the solid Earth. These dynamical processes can be studied from space, using radiometric and laser measurements, together with sophisticated models for the orbital motion of artificial satellites. Dr. Bettadpur's core interests are the design and architecture of space missions for this purpose; the analysis of space geodetic data; and the interpretation of the results.
Dr. Bettadpur is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Fellow of the IAG.