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David Akin

Akin, David

Associate Professor
Director of Space Systems Laboratory
Aerospace Engineering
2100D NBRF, University of Maryland
Phone: 
301-405-1138

Research Interests: 

Space Systems, Space Robotics, Space Human Factors, Extravehicular Activity/Space Suit Design

Education: 
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( Aeronautics & Astronautics)
  • M.S.,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics & Astronautics)
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics & Astronautics)

 

Teaching: 
Current Courses: (Spring Term 2014) 
 
  • ENAE 484 - Space Systems Design
  • ENAE 488R - Planetary Rover Development
  • ENAE 791 - Launch and Entry Vehicle Design
 
Past/Future Courses:
 
  • ENAE 484 - Space Systems Design
  • ENAE 483/788D - Principles of Space Systems Design - next offered Fall 2014
  • ENAE 788X - Planetary Surface Robotics - next offered Fall 2014
  • ENAE 697 - Space Human Factors and Life Support - next offered Spring 2015
 
Lectures and Course Sections:
 
  • ENAE 100 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • ENAE 283H - Aerospace Engineering Honors
  • ENAE 464 - Aerospace Projects Laboratory
Background: 

Dr. Akin has been involved in spacecraft and space systems design and development for his entire career, including teaching the senior-level capstone spacecraft design course, for ten years at MIT and now at the University of Maryland for more than a decade.

Professional Memberships: 

Professional Services

  • 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 
  • Chairman, Space Systems Faculty Search Committee (x2) 
  • Chairman, Systems Design Curriculum Committee

Institutional Services

  • Member, Systems Dynamics and Control Curriculum Committee 
  • Member of Undergraduate Committee 
  • Member, University Diving Control Board 
  • Member, Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Committee
Selected Publications: 
  • David L. Akin, Craig R. Carignan, and Stephen R. Roderick, "Autonomous Dexterous Sampling: From the Arctic Ocean to Mars and Beyond" Earth-Space 2008 Conference, Long Beach, CA, March 2008 
  • David L. Akin and Shane Jacobs, "Investigations into Several Approaches to EVA-Robot Integration" 2007-01-3232, 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Chicago, IL, July 2007 
  • Shane Jacobs, Elizabeth Benson, David Akin, "Kinematic Analysis of a Robotically Augmented Pressure Suit for Planetary Exploration" 2007-01-3171, 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Chicago, IL, July 2007 
  • Agnieszka A. Koscielniak and David L. Akin, "Development and Testing of a Metabolic Workload Measuring System for Space Suits" 2007-01-3212, 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Chicago, IL, July 2007 
  • Elizabeth Benson, Shane Jacobs, and David Akin, "Investigation of a Cable-Driven Parallel Mechanism for Pressure Suit Arm Resizing and Motion Assistance" 2007-01-3170, 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Chicago, IL, July 2007 
  • John Mularski and David Akin, "Water Immersion Ballasted Partial Gravity for Lunar and Martian EVA Simulation" 2007-01-3145, 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Chicago, IL, July 2007 
  • Craig M. Lewandowski and David L. Akin, "Development of a Single-Fluid Consumable Infrastructure for Portable Life Support Systems" 2007-01-3246, 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Chicago, IL, July 2007 
  • L. Aksman, C. Carignan, and D. Akin, "Force Estimation Based Compliance Control of Harmonically Driven Manipulators", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Rome, Italy, April 2007 
  • David L. Akin, "Human/Robotic Systems to Enable In-Space Operations in the CEV Era" AIAA-2006-7390, AIAA Space 2006 Conference and Exhibit, San Jose, California, Sep. 19-21, 2006 
  • Brian Roberts and David Akin, "Robotic Servicing of Hubble Space Telescope: Lessons Learned from a Short-Lived Program" AIAA-2006-7393, AIAA Space 2006 Conference and Exhibit, San Jose, California, Sep. 19-21, 2006 
  • David Akin, Brian Roberts, Stephen Roderick, Walter Smith, and Jean-Marc Henriette, "MORPHbots: Lightweight Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robotics for Space Assembly, Inspection, and Servicing" AIAA-2006-7408, AIAA Space 2006 Conference and Exhibit, San Jose, California, Sep. 19-21, 2006 
  • Shane E. Jacobs, David L. Akin, Jeffrey R. Braden, and David Graziosi, "Morphing Upper Torso: A Novel Concept in EVA Suit Design" 2006-01-2142, 36th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Norfolk, VA, July 2006 
  • Shane E. Jacobs, David L. Akin, and Jeffrey R. Braden, "System Overview and Operations of the MX-2 Neutral Buoyancy Space Suit Analogue" 2006-01-2287, 36th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Norfolk, VA, July 2006