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Jah, Moriba

Associate Professor
Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Cockrell School of Engineering
210 E. 24th St, University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 
520-621-2040

Research Interests: 

Information Fusion, Astrodynamics, Space Situational Awareness, Orbit Determination, Space Debris

Education: 
  • B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Aerospace Engineering), 1999
  • M.S., University of Colorado Boulder (Aerospace Engineering), 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (Aerospace Engineering), 2005
Background: 
  • 2016 – Present, Associate Research Scientist and Professor of Engineering, University of Arizona
  • 2016 – Present, Director, Space Object Behavioral Sciences (SOBS), University of Arizona
  • 2014 – 2016, Mission Lead, Space Siturational Awareness, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
  • 2007 – 2016, Director, Advanced Sciences and Technology Research Institute for Astronautics (ASTRIA)
  • 2007 – 2014, Technical Advisor, Guidance Navigation and Control Group (AFRL/RVSVC)
  • 2014 – Present, Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales (Canberra, Australia)
  • 2012 – Present, Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 2011 – Present, Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2010 – 2013, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2006 – 2007, Senior Scientist, Oceanit Laboratories, Inc. Kihei, HI
  • 1999 – 2006, Navigation Engineer/Orbit Determination Analyst, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA
  • 1997 – 1999, Space Mission Design and Orbit Analyst, Microcosm Inc. Torrance, CA
  • 1996 – 1999, NASA Space Grant Researcher, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, AZ
  • 1996 – 1997, Space Engineering Assistant, Los Alamos National Lab Los Alamos, NM
 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Fellow International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS).
  • Fellow Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
  • Fellow American Astronautical Society (AAS).
  • Fellow Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).
  • Associate Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
  • Senior Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Member International Society for Information Fusion (ISIF).
  • Member Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honorary.
  • 2016 University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (DEAA).
  • 2014 University of New South Wales (Canberra, AUS): Rector Funded Visiting Fellow.
  • 2013 AFRL/RV Technology Transfer/Transition Achievement Award.
  • 2013 AFRL International Award.
  • Hayabusa Certificate of Appreciation (2010): “in recognition of your significant contributions to the completion of Hayabusa’s round trip space mission in 2010.”
  • 2009 AFRL R. Earl Good Award “for significant team contributions to the AFRL mission or image outside of AFRL and for accomplishments that have had a significant impact and enhanced the creditability of AFRL.”
  • 2009 NASA Group Achievement Award for the Nanosail-D mission support.
  • 2007 NASA Space Act Award “for the creative development of a scientific contribution which has been determined to be of significant value in the advancement of the space and aeronautical activities of NASA, and is entitled: Inertial Measurements for Aeroassisted Navigation (IMAN)”.
  • 2005 NASA Group Achievement Award for the flawless navigation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to Mars.
  • 2001 NASA Group Achievement Award and Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurel Award for the superb navigation of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft to Mars.
  • Adviser National Research Council.
  • Adviser Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program.
  • Member, U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Committee On Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS); Vienna, Austria.
  • Chair NATO SCI-279-TG “Technical Considerations Enabling a Common NATO Space Domain Awareness Operating Picture”.
  • Lead NATO SCI-ET-003 “Systems Integration and Data Fusion Concepts to Support a common NATO Space Situational Awareness Operating Picture”.
Professional Memberships: 
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine.
  • Review Process Manager, Journal of Information Fusion (Elsevier).
  • Editor, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 140.
  • Reviewer, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.
  • Reviewer, Acta Astronautica (Elsevier).
  • Reviewer, Advances in Space Research (Elsevier).
  • Observer, International Astronautical Federation Astrodynamics Tech Committee (2013).
  • Chair, AAS Space Surveillance Technical Committee (2009 – Present).
  • Member, Secretary, AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee (2012 – Present).
  • Member, NSSDF Technical Committee (2012 – Present).
  • Member, AAS Space Flight Mechanics Technical Committee (2006 – 2011).
  • Technical Chair, 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting (2011).
  • Technical Committee Member, International Society of Information Fusion Conference (2010, 2012, 2013).
  • National Chairperson, Space Debris, 35th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference (2012).
  • Organizer and Moderator, 1st AAS Space Surveillance Workshop, London, UK (2011).
 
Selected Publications: 
  • Linares, R., Jah, M., Crassidis, J., Leve, F., Kelecy, T., (2014). Astrometric and Photometric Data Fusion for Inactive Space Object Feature Estimation. Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics: Acta Astronautica, Vol. 99, pp. 1-15
  • Kelecy, T., Jah, M., Baldwin, J., Stauch, J., (2014). High Area-To-Mass Ratio Object Population Assessment From Data/Track Association. Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics: Acta Astronautica, Vol. 96, pp. 166-174
  • Linares, R., Jah, M. K., Crassidis, J. L., and Nebelecky, C., (2014). Space Object Shape Characterization and Tracking Using Light Curve and Angles Data. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 13-25
  • Cheng, Y., DeMars, K., Jah, M., (2014). Collision Probability With Gaussian-Mixture Orbit Uncertainty. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 979-985.
  • Wetterer, C., Linares, R., Crassidis, J., Kelecy, T., Ziebart, M., Jah, M., P. Cefola., (2013). Refining Space Object Radiation Pressure Modeling with Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Functions, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 185-196
  • Fru.h, C., Jah, M., (2013). “Coupled Orbit-Attitude Motion of High Area-to-Mass Ratio (HAMR) Objects Including Self-Shadowing,” Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics: Acta Astronautica, Vol. 95, pp. 227-241
  • Fru.h, C., Jah, M., (2013). “Attitude and Orbit Propagation of High Area-to-Mass Ratio (HAMR) Objects Using a Semi-Coupled Approach,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Accepted.
  • Vishwajeet, K., Singla, P., Jah, M., (2013) “A Computational Approach to Solve the Kolmogorov Equation for the Two Body Problem,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Accepted (10/2/2013).
  • Fru.h, C., Kelecy T., Jah, M., (2013). “Coupled Orbit-Attitude Dynamics of High Area-to-Mass Ratio (HAMR) Objects: Influence of Solar Radiation Pressure, Earth’s Shadow and the Visibility in Light Curves,” Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (CELE), Vol. 117, No. 4, pp. 385-404.
  • DeMars, K., Bishop, R., Jah, M., (2013). Entropy-based Approach for Uncertainty Propagation of Non-linear Dynamical Systems. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 1047-1057.
  • DeMars, K., Jah, M., (2013). Probabilistic Initial Orbit Determination Using Gaussian Mixture Models. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 1324-1335.
  • DeMars, K., Jah, M., Schumacher, P., Jr., (2012) Initial Orbit Determination Using Short-arc Angle and Angle-rate Data. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 48(3):2628–2637, July.
  • Kelecy, T., Jah, M., DeMars, K., (2012). Application of a Multiple Hypothesis Filter to Near GEO High Area-to-Mass Ratio Space Objects State Estimation. Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics: Acta Astronautica, Vol. 81, pp. 435-444
  • Kelecy, T., Jah, M., (2011). Initial Strategies to Recover and Predict High Area-to-Mass Ratio (HAMR) GEO Space Object Trajectories with No A Priori Information. Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics: Acta Astronautica, Vol. 69, pp. 551-558
  • DeMars, K., Bishop, R., Jah, M., (2011). A Splitting Gaussian Mixture Method for the Propagation of Uncertainty in Orbital Mechanics, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 140, pp. 1419-1438, Univelt, San Diego. AAS Paper 11-201
  • Tombasco, J., Axelrad, P., Jah, M., (2010). Specialized Coordinate Representation for Dynamic Modeling and Orbit Estimation of Geosynchronous Orbits, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 1824-1836
  • Hill, K., Sydney, Hamada, K., Cortez, R., Luu, K., Schumacher, P., Jr., Jah, M., (2010). Covariance-based Scheduling of a Network of Optical Sensors, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 139, pp. 393-406, Univelt, San Diego. AAS Paper 10-325
  • Giza, D., Singla, P., Jah, M., (2010). An Adaptive Gaussian Sum Filtering Approach for Orbit Uncertainty Estimation, Part I, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 136, pp. 475-488, Univelt, San Diego. AAS Paper 10-132
  • Hill, K., Sydney, P., Cortez, R., Naho’olewa, D., Houchard, J., Luu, K., Jah, M., Schumacher, P., Jr., (2010). Covariance-based Network Tasking of Optical Sensors, Part I, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 136, pp. 769-786, Univelt, San Diego. AAS Paper 10-150
  • Wetterer, C.J., Jah, M.K., (2009), Using the Unscented Kalman Filter for Attitude Determination from Light Curves, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics Vol.32, No.5, pp. 1648-1651
  • DeMars, K., Jah, M.K., (2009), Passive Multi-Target Tracking with Application to Orbit Determination for Geosynchronous Objects, Part I, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 134, pp. 89-100, Univelt, San Diego. AAS Paper 09-108
  • Kelecy, T., Jah, M., (2008). Maneuver Detection and Orbit Determination Of A Low Earth Orbiting Satellite Executing Low Thrust Finite Burn Maneuvers. Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics: Acta Astronautica, Vol. 66, pp. 798-809