Victoria Coverstone

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Victoria Coverstone

Professor and Chair | College of Engineering | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Biography

Dr. Victoria Coverstone, prior to joining the College of Engineering, was associate dean for undergraduate studies and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering comes at the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas. She also led Whitacre’s Engineering Opportunities Center, which handles recruitment, retention, placement and academic support services for students. In June, Victoria lead a group of students from three universities (Texas Tech, RMIT and KAIST) that won the NASA RASC-AL competition in the area of Logistic Delivery System. A fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Victoria also is a former chair of the Universities Space Research Association’s Council of Institutions (USRA is a federally funded nonprofit that advances space-related science through collaboration with educational and other institutions). Prior to joining Whitacre, Dr. Coverstone was a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for 20 years, including two years as associate head of aerospace engineering. She also was the associate dean for graduate and professional programs at University of Illinois. She developed several graduate courses while there, and undergraduate students under her supervision have won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics space design project competition six times. In addition to her institutional leadership, education and research experience, Dr. Coverstone also co-founded a small aerospace company, CU Aerospace, which identifies and commercially develops novel aerospace technologies. She earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research Interests

Space mission design, optimization and low-thrust trajectory modeling.

HIGHER EDUCATION

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. (1992)
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. (1986)
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. (1985)

EXPERIENCE

    • University of Illinois, Adjunct Professor. Aerospace Engineering (2016 - Present)
    • Texas Tech University, Professor. Mechanical Engineering (2016 - Present)
    • Texas Tech University, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs. (2016 - 2017)
    • University of Illinois, Professor. Information Trust Institute (2007 - 2016)
    • University of Illinois, Professor. Aerospace Engineering (2005 - 2016)
    • University of Illinois, Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs. (2008 - 2013)
    • University of Illinois, Interim Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs. (2008)
    • University of Illinois, Associate Head. Aerospace Engineering (2006 - 2008)
    • University of Illinois, Associate Professor. Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1998 - 2005)
    • University of Illinois, Assistant Professor. Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1992 - 1998)
    • University of Illinois, Teaching Assistant. Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1988 - 1991)
    • University of Illinois, Research Assistant. Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1985 - 1986)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Juried or Refereed Journal Articles or Exhibitions

    • Ghosh, A., Coverstone, V. (2015).Optimal Cooperative CubeSat Maneuvers Obtained Through Parallel Computing. Acta Astronautica, 107, 130–149.
    • Woo, B., Ertmer, K., Coverstone, V., Burton, R., Benavides, G., Carroll, D. (2011).Deployment Experiment for Ultralarge Solar Sail System (UltraSail). Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 48, 874-880.
    • Pukniel, A., Coverstone, V., Burton, R., Carroll, D. (2011).The Dynamics and Control of the CubeSail mission: A solar Sailing demonstration. Advances in Space Research, 48, 1902-1911.
    • Coverstone, V., Kang, J. (2010).Analytical Model for Momentum Transfer of Spacecraft Containing Liquid. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 33, 991-994.
    • Jamison, B., Coverstone, V. (2010).Improved Orbit Transfer Switching Function Analysis By An Extended Frequency Study. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 33, 235-245.
    • Jackson, K., Coverstone, V. (2008).Optimal Trajectories From The Moon To Sun/Earth-Moon L1 Point With Ballistic Launch. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 31, 712-719.
    • Botter, T., Coverstone, V., Burton, R. (2008).Structural Dynamics of Spin-Stabilized Solar Sails with Applications to UltraSail. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 31, 402-413.
    • Woo, B., Coverstone, V., Cupples, M. (2006).Application of Solar Electric Propulsion to a Comet Surface Sample Return Mission. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 43, 1225-1230.
    • Donahue, B., Green, S., Coverstone, V. (2006).Chemical and Solar-Electric Propulsion Systems For Mars Sample Return Missions. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 43, 170-177.
    • Woo, B., Coverstone, V., Cupples, M. (2006).Low-Thrust Trajectory Optimization Procedure for Gravity-Assist, Outer-Planet Missions. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 43, 121-129.
    • Cupples, M., Green, S., Coverstone, V. (2006).Solar Electric and Chemical Propulsion For a Titan Mission. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 43, 1077-1083.
    • Woo, B., Coverstone, V., Hartmann, J., Cupples, M. (2005).Trajectory and System Analysis For Outer-Planet Solar-Electric Propulsion Missions. The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 42, 510-516.
    • Trask, A., Mason, W., Coverstone, V. (2004).Optimal Interplanetary Trajectories Utilizing Constant Radial Thrust and Gravitational Assists. The Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 27, 503-506.
    • Trask, A., Coverstone, V. (2004).Optimal Low Thrust Trajectories Combined with an Aeroassist Maneuver. The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 41, 629-634.
    • Cerven, W., Bullo, F., Coverstone, V. (2004).Vehicle Motion Planning with Time-Varying Constraints. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 27.
    • Coverstone, V., Prussing, J. E. (2003).A Technique for Earth Escape Using a Solar Sail. The Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 26, 628-634.
    • Woo, B., Coverstone, V. (2003).Orbit Transfers to Lower Altitude Orbits Using Aerobraking. The Journal of Astronautical Sciences, 51, 307-317.
    • Cerven, W. T., Coverstone, V. (2001).Optimal Reorientation of a Multibody Spacecraft through Joint Motion Using Averaging Theory. The Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 24, 788-795.
    • Powers, B., Coverstone, V. (2001).Optimal Solar Sail Orbit Transfers to Synchronous Orbits. The Journal of The Astronautical Sciences, 49, 269-281.
    • Williams, S., Coverstone, V. (2000).Mars Missions Using Solar Electric Propulsion. The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 37, 71-77.
    • Coverstone, V., Hartmann, J. W., Mason, W. M. (2000).Optimal Multi-Objective Low-Thrust Spacecraft Trajectories. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 186, 387-402.
    • Prussing, J. E., Coverstone, V. (1998).Constant Radial Thrust Acceleration Redux. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 21, 516-518.
    • Lee, K., Coverstone, V. (1998).Control Algorithms to Stabilize Underactuated Robots. Journal of Robotic Systems, 15, 681-697.
    • Hartmann, J. W., Coverstone, V., Williams, S. N. (1998).Optimal Spacecraft Interplanetary Trajectories via a Pareto Genetic Algorithm. The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 46, 267-282.
    • Coverstone, V. (1997).Near-Optimal Low-Thrust Trajectories Via Micro-Genetic Algorithms. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 20, 196-198.
    • Williams, S., Coverstone, V. (1997).Benefits of Solar Electric Propulsion for the Next Generation of Planetary Exploration Missions. The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 45, 143-159.
    • Lee, K., Coates, S., Coverstone, V. (1997).Variable Structure Control Applied to Underactuated Robots. Robotica, 15, 313-318.
    • Rauwolf, G., Coverstone, V. (1996).Low-Thrust Orbit Transfers Generated by a Genetic Algorithm. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 33, 859-862.
    • Coverstone, V. (1996).Detumbling and Reorienting an Underactuated Rigid Spacecraft. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 19, 708-710.
    • Selig, M. S., Coverstone, V. (1996).Genetic Algorithms with a Novel Constraint Technique Applied to Wind Turbine Design. ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 118, 22-28.
    • Coverstone, V., Wilkey, N. M. (1995).Optimal Control of a Satellite-Robot System Using Direct Collocation with Nonlinear Programming. Acta Astronautica, 36, 149-162.
    • Coverstone, V., Prussing, J. E. (1995).Optimal Cooperative Power-Limited Rendezvous with Propellant Constraints. The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 43, 289-305.
    • Taur, D. R., Coverstone, V., Prussing, J. E. (1995).Optimal Impulsive Time-Fixed Orbital Rendezvous and Interception with Path Constraints. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 18, 54-60.
    • Coverstone, V., Williams, S. N. (1994).Optimal Low Thrust Trajectories Using Differential Inclusion Concepts. The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 42, 379-393.
    • Coverstone, V., Prussing, J. E. (1994).Optimal Cooperative Power-Limited Rendezvous Between Coplanar Circular Orbits. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 1096-1102.
    • Coverstone, V., Prussing, J. E. (1993).Optimal Cooperative Power-Limited Rendezvous Between Neighboring Circular Orbits. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 16, 1045-1054.
  • Book Chapters

    • Thakker, P., Ames, D., Arber, L., Dabrowski, M., Dufrene, A., Pukniel, A., Rein, A., Coverstone, V., Swenson, G. (2010). Overview of ION as applied to atmospheric research and technology testing problems. Emergence of Pico- and Nanosatellites for Atmospheric Research and Technology Testing (pp. 329-375). Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics.
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