Ted Muelhaupt selected as AIAA Associate Fellow
Mr. Ted Muelhaupt, a graduate of the AEM department, has been named to the class of 2017 AIAA Associate Fellows. He obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1976 and an M.S. in Mechanics in 1978 from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Muelhaupt joins the ranks of Associate Fellow alongside individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.”
In response to the recognition, Mr. Muelhaupt says, “I was personally delighted and honored to be selected as an AIAA Associate Fellow. I have been a member of AIAA for nearly 42 years, and being president of the Student Chapter at the University of Minnesota was one of my first organizational responsibilities. At Aerospace, I have always emphasized participation in AIAA and AAS conferences and professional activities as a priority for my staff, and I am proud to be recognized by such a prestigious organization in the aerospace community. I am also humbled that my coworkers thought that my nomination was worthy of their time and effort, since I know that nominations like these are difficult.”
Mr. Muelhaupt is the Associate Principal Director of the Systems Analysis and Simulation Subdivision (SASS) at Aerospace. SASS is the primary Aerospace organization responsible for the analysis of the system-level performance expected from satellite systems. SASS is a bi-coastal organization that provides technical support to a variety of customers via large scale mission architecture simulations, mission performance analysis, astrodynamics, constellation design, collision assessment, satellite navigation, and orbit determination. SASS develops models of systems, mathematical algorithms, and special-purpose software as necessary. Mr. Muelhaupt is located in Chantilly, Virginia, and focuses on support to intelligence community customers, space situational awareness, and space operations.
In recent years, Mr. Muelhaupt has led an expansion of Aerospace’s capabilities in support to real-time space operations. He created the Mission Operations and Analysis Department that focuses on issues such as collision avoidance, debris analysis, and space operations, which leverages the work of other departments in SASS. Mr. Muelhaupt leads the corporate community of interest on space situational awareness and was recently the guest editor of an issue of the Aerospace corporate magazine, the Crosslink that was devoted to space debris. He authored and co-authored several of the articles in the magazine as well as introduced the issue.
Mr. Muelhaupt and the rest of the class of 2017 AIAA Associate Fellows will be honored at a recognition ceremony and dinner on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Grapevine, Texas.