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Dr. Gurpartap GP Sandhoo, Distinguished Visiting Professor
US Naval Academy

Dr. Sandhoo currently occupies the Distinguished Visiting Professor Robert Heinlein Endowed Chair in Astronautics at the US Naval Academy. Prior to that as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) he headed the Spacecraft Engineering Division, and was the acting Director of the Naval Center of Space Technology (NCST) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), a full spectrum lab that conceives, designs, builds, tests, operates, and transitions advanced space systems and technologies. He provided executive direction and technical leadership in conducting research of space systems with advanced technologies.

He was also a flight controller at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and was research & development engineer at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and in industry. Since 1986, he has served in uniform in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. Currently, Sandhoo is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an Engineering Duty Officer, is VS8 and VR2 level Space Cadre, and is the Commanding Officer of Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group reserve unit.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Master’s from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master’s and a Doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from George Washington University, and is a MIT Seminar XXI fellow.

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