Fellow of W.R. Woolrich Professorship in Engineering
Phone: (512) 471-5322, (512) 232-5781
Office: WRW 412C, WPR 2.9052
Ph.D., Stanford University
- Vehicle Dynamics and Control
- Relative Navigation and Control of Multiple Vehicles
- Global Positioning System
Dr. Lightsey specializes in the dynamics and control of space vehicles using avionics sensors such as the Global Positioning System for navigation and attitude determination. He is the Founder and Director of the Texas Spacecraft Lab at The University of Texas, which designs, builds, and operates satellites with undergraduate and graduate students. His research program focuses on the technology of small satellites, including: guidance, navigation, and control systems; attitude determination and control; formation flying, satellite swarms, and satellite networks; cooperative control; proximity operations and unmanned spacecraft rendezvous; space based Global Positioning System receivers; radionavigation; visual navigation; propulsion; satellite operations; and space systems engineering.
In 2011, Dr. Lightsey received the American Society for Engineering Education's John Leland Atwood Award for outstanding aerospace engineering education, and the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship for outstanding undergraduate teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining the Cockrell School of Engineering in 1999, he worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for 13 years.