Darren Lee Hitt
University of Vermont
Vermont Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR Program Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor
His research lies in the area of high-fidelity orbital mechanics (astrodynamics) simulations and the gravitational modeling required for these simulations. The particular focus lies in close-proximity orbits about small irregular celestial bodies, such as asteroids and comets, whose irregular topology and variable composition result in complex gravitational fields. In addition to this fundamental work, his research also involves mission trajectory planning and optimization using evolutionary computing approaches.