E. Glenn Lightsey, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has been named an AIAA Associate Fellow, effective 2006. He was also selected as an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics in September of this year.

Dr. Lightsey specializes in the dynamics and control of spacecraft using avionics sensors such as GPS navigation and attitude determination. In the six years that he has been at the University of Texas, Dr. Lightsey has been awarded 18 externally funded research grants. He is the Principal Investigator of a University Nanosatellite project known as FASTRAC ("Formation Autonomy Spacecraft with Thrust, Relnav, Attitude, and Crosslink"), to build and fly two satellites to demonstrate these technologies. Dr. Lightsey was recently awarded two grants to design algorithms for precision navigation at Mars.

Dr. Lightsey received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1997. He has served as Space Representative on the Institute of Navigation’s Council and is a member of the AIAA’s Technical Committee on Guidance, Navigation, and Control.  He recently received the Institute of Navigation's Tycho Brahe Award for outstanding contributions to the science of space navigation, guidance and control.