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Alfred E. Lynam

Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012 
Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2009 
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics with Distinction, 2008

Alfred Lynam is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at West Virginia University. His research interests include interplanetary mission design, interplanetary spacecraft navigation, and statistical orbit determination.

Alfred graduated from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in May 2012 under the direction of Professor James M. Longuski. His dissertation was entitled "Mission Design and Navigation of Multiple-Satellite-Aided Capture Trajectories and Cyclers for Missions to Jupiter." He also earned an M.S.AAE degree in December 2009 and a B.S.AAE degree with distinction in May 2008, both from Purdue University. During his time at Purdue, Alfred received several scholarships and fellowships, including the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, the Purdue Forever Fellowship, the Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship, and the National Merit Scholarship.

During the summer of 2008, Alfred interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Jon Sims, technical supervisor of the Outer Planets Mission Design Group. During that internship, he gained a working knowledge of several of JPL's mission design software tools and an appreciation for interplanetary mission design.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Space Mission Design 
Orbital Perturbations 
Spacecraft Navigation 
Space Trajectory Optimization 
Statistical Orbit Determination 
Spacecraft Flight Control 
Impact Trajectories

Special Interests

Navigation of Multiple-Satellite-Aided Capture Sequences at Jupiter 
Interplanetary Trajectories for Multiple-Satellite-Aided Capture at Jupiter 
Resonant Triple-Cyclers in the Jovian System 
Assessment of Multiple-Satellite-Aided Capture at Jupiter
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