To assemble and lead the world’s top multidisciplinary science and technology research and development talent and focus it to solve problems requiring rigorous and comprehensive capabilities in assessing, quantifying and predicting the behavior of objects in space, both man-made and natural.
To imagine, identify, develop and deliver new astronautics capabilities; make expertise on astronautics available to a variety of stakeholders including all branches of government, private industry, academia, and international entities; and help guarantee the University of Texas’s leadership in the area through education, excellence, innovation and practicality in astronautical sciences and related fields.
We are committed to the safety, security, sustainability and stability of space and to using science and engineering to make space activities transparent. Nihil Arcanum Est!
We will create unrivaled educational opportunities and a boundless environment in which to effect fundamental change through research and development with our strategic partners.
We serve as unbiased evaluators of scientific and technological contributions and believe in equal scientific rigor and scrutiny for all.
Space is a resource for humanity and we are open to ideas from all walks of life. We treat people equitably because we value the opinions and respect the needs of all.
We will develop and strengthen the knowledge, skills, processes and resources needed for the global community to prosper responsibly and safely in an increasingly congested, contested and competitive space environment.
About Moriba Jah
Dr. Moriba Jah joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2017. His research interests are in non-gravitational astrodynamics and advanced/non-linear multi-sensor/object tracking, prediction, and information fusion. His expertise is in space object detection, tracking, identification, and characterization, as well as spacecraft navigation.
He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder specializing in astrodynamics and statistical orbit determination.
Prior to being at UT Austin, Dr. Jah was the Director of the University of Arizona’s Space Object Behavioral Sciences with applications to Space Domain Awareness, Space Protection, Space Traffic Monitoring, and Space Debris research to name a few. Preceding that, Dr. Jah was the lead for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Advanced Sciences and Technology Research Institute for Astronautics (ASTRIA) and a Principal Investigator for Detect/Track/Id/Characterize Program at AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate.
Before joining AFRL in 2007, he was a spacecraft navigator for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, serving on Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express (joint mission with ESA), Mars Exploration Rovers, Hayabusa (joint mission with JAXA), and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Dr. Jah is a member of the Astrodynamics Technical Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and a permanent member of the Space Debris Technical Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the AFRL, the AAS and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), as well as an AIAA Associate Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics Systems, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, and Elsevier Information Fusion Journal.
Dr. Jah is a world-recognized subject matter expert in astrodynamics-based Space Domain Awareness sciences and technologies with 75+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and symposia. He’s been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at 20+ national and international space events, workshops and fora.