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Dr. Marshall H. Kaplan

Kaplan, Dr. Marshall H.

Professor of the Practice, Associate Director CODER
Aerospace Engineering
3181 Martin Hall, University of Maryland

  • Ph.D., Aeronautical and Astronautical Sciences, Stanford University, 1968 
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962 
  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1961 (cum laude, ranked 1st in engineering)
Marshall H. Kaplan is a consultant to several major research universities in the area of academic research project development and funding acquisition. He regularly presents Research Productivity Seminars around the U.S. and manages international research programs in South America and Asia. He is currently guiding two major research center developments with the objective of creating two multi-disciplinary, multi-university academic research organizations with multiple sponsors. 
Dr. Kaplan has served as Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of a space research institute at Florida Tech and as a tenured full Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. His academic and professional experience spans several decades. Until recently, he served as a Senior Space Systems Advisor at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Research Laboratory. Prior to that, he was on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) with responsibilities as Senior Technical Advisor to the National Security Space Office (NSSO), Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Science and Technology Policy Institute, which supports the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Kaplan has briefed the Pentagon’s Joint Space Team on multiple occasions. 
Dr. Kaplan’s innovations, writings and teachings have created an international reputation as an expert in aircraft, spacecraft and launch vehicle design and engineering. A majority of space professionals have enjoyed his lectures over the past 30 years.  Almost every engineer working in the field of spacecraft dynamics and control is familiar with his unique text on the subject. Dr. Kaplan played pivotal roles in the design of three-axis stabilized satellite designs, the safe reentry of Skylab, and early evaluation of reusable launch system concepts. He has assisted many universities in the development of individual and interdisciplinary research projects and worked directly with faculty in acquiring research grants and creating centers of research excellence.
Honors and Awards: 
  • DuPont Memorial Fellowship, M.I.T., 1961‑1962 
  • NASA Traineeship, Stanford University, 1966‑1967 
  • NSF Traineeship, Stanford University, 1967‑1968 
  • 1978 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research in the College of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University 
  • 1995 Appointed to the National Research Council Study Group on Single-Stage-to-Orbit Launch Vehicle Technologies 
  • Elected to Fellow grade, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1999 
  • Elected to Fellow grade, American Astronautical Society, 2000 
  • Elected to Full Membership, International Academy of Astronautics, 2002 
  • Served as a member of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Space Research and Space Technology (SP) Focus Area (FA) External Review Panel, August 2011
Professional Memberships: 
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fellow) 
  • American Astronautical Society (Fellow) 
  • International Academy of Astronautics (Full Member)
Selected Publications: 
  • Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, M. H. Kaplan, Wiley and Sons, NY, 1976. 
  • SPACE SHUTTLE: America's Wings to the Future, M. H. Kaplan, Aero Publishers, Fallbrook, CA, 1978. Second edition, 1983. 
  • Acquiring Major Systems Contracts: Bidding Methods and Winning Strategies, M. H. Kaplan, Wiley and Sons, NY, 1988. 
  • University Research Funding Secrets, M.H. Kaplan, in preparation.