Marquette University News Release

Marquette engineering dean honored for contributions to space flight and engineering education

January 15, 2014

American Astronautical Society to present award at annual meeting Jan. 28

Robert H. Bishop, Opus dean of Marquette University College of Engineering

Robert H. Bishop, Opus dean of Marquette University College of Engineering

MILWAUKEE – Dr. Robert H. Bishop, P.E., Opus Dean of the Marquette University College of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2013 Dirk Brouwer Award from the American Astronautical Society. The award honors those who have contributed significant technical contributions to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics.

The society selected Bishop for his seminal contributions to the theory and practice of navigation and control of autonomous aerospace systems and for exceptional achievements in engineering education. Bishop will accept the award Jan. 28, 2014, in Santa Fe, N.M., at the Space Flight Mechanics Meeting of the American Astronautical Society.

“Marquette University and the city of Milwaukee are fortunate to have the leadership and expertise of Dr. Bishop,” said Dr. Margaret Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing at Marquette. “He is helping form the next generation of engineers by reimagining engineering education at Marquette. Dr. Bishop authors key engineering textbooks that and are used worldwide and impact the education of engineering students globally. We are proud of Dr. Bishop’s accomplishments and laud this recognition by his peers.”

Bishop’s expertise is in the application of systems and control theory. He is currently working with NASA on techniques for achieving planetary precision landing to support human and robotic missions. This work involves advanced navigation algorithm development with fast-to-flight characteristics. He co-authored Modern Control Systems, which has been adopted worldwide and is considered a leading undergraduate textbook in control theory. His book on graphical programming, Learning with LabVIEW, is the reference textbook delivered with all copies of the student edition of LabView.

Prior to joining Marquette in 2010, Bishop was a faculty member for 20 years in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as department chairman for six years and held the Joe J. King Professorship. Previous positions and honors include a practicing engineer at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, an independent lab that was founded at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; twice selected as a faculty fellow for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and a Welliver Faculty Fellow at the Boeing Company.

The award was named after Dirk Brouwer, an astronomer who specialized in celestial mechanics and had a widespread influence on workers in space flight and astrodynamics. Brouwer received his doctorate from Leiden University and went on to become the director of the Yale University Observatory.

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