Dr. Gordon Roesler joined DARPA in May 2014 after working as a Senior Project Engineer at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of South Wales. His past research interests have included space systems, robotic naval vehicles, sensor systems, and energy systems. At DARPA, he is primarily interested in developing a capability for robotic servicing of satellites.
At the University of New South Wales, Dr. Roesler was responsible for concept development, systems engineering, and technical coordination of a multi-organization spacecraft design program. Before that, he served as Center Director for the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California (USC), where he initiated new programs in the application of computer science to energy systems. Prior to his work at USC, he worked as a Senior Physicist at the Science Applications International Corporation, where he proposed and managed a research program for a revolutionary wave-aware control system for small manned and unmanned boats. This is Dr. Roesler’s second sojourn as a Program Manager with DARPA; previously, he originated the Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO) and Front-End Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration (FREND) programs.
Dr. Roesler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an avid sailor and glider pilot.
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