Akin, David. L

David Akin
Associate Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
2100D Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Space systems and operations; space human factors; telerobotics; space simulation; space applications of artificial intelligence
Background Info 

B.S.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Aeronautics & Astronautics
M.S.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Aeronautics & Astronautics
Ph.D.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Aeronautics & Astronautics

Honors and Awards

AIAA/SGT “Broken Propeller” Award (1995)  
NASA Groups Achievement Award for EASE/ACCESS Flight Demonstration Development Team (1986)  
Best Paper Award, AIAA Modeling and Technology Simulation Conference

Scientific and Professional Membership


Professional Service

Member, AIAA Distinguished Lecturer Program
Member, AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Technical Committee Chairman 1998-99
Member of NASA Telerobotics Intercenter Working Group
Member of NASWA EVA Forum
Member, NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee, Space Science Advisory Committee
Member, NASA Task Force on Technology Readiness
Member, NASA Mars Exploration Program Formulation and Planning Team
Organizer, NASA Mars Exploration Program Research Outreach Workshop

Related News 

Bioinspired robotics REU students present final projects
The REU was led by Hugh Bruck and Sarah Bergbreiter, along with Clark School faculty and graduate student mentors.August 15, 2018

MRC faculty hosting REU summer program in bioinspired robotics
Ten undergraduate students from throughout the US are conducting research under the guidance of MRC faculty.July 21, 2017

UMD Team Takes Second at NASA BIG Ideas Design Competition
Aerospace Engineering undergrads design winning solar electric propulsion (SEP)-powered space tug.February 28, 2017

Two UMD Teams NASA BIG Idea Challenge Finalists
Two UMD Aerospace Engineering student teams selected as finalists in NASA's BIG Idea Challenge.December 16, 2016

Maryland Robotics Center hosts Northrop Grumman Navigation and Maritime Systems Division team
Meeting attendees identified and discussed topics of mutual interest.May 15, 2015

Aerospace Students Excel at 14th AIAA YPSE Conference
UMD students placed in both presentations and paper categories at the 14th AIAA YPSE Conference.November 10, 2014

UMD Takes Second at 2013 RASC-AL Competition
Undergraduate aerospace design team places second at NASA RASC-AL competition.July 10, 2013

Clark School Students Shine in Recent Competitions
Teams earn first place in DOE Hydrogen Student Design Contest; third in NASA Robo-ops Competition.June 4, 2012