The Department of Aerospace Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Anouck Girard on her promotion to full professor with tenure, effective September 1, 2021.
Currently teaching courses in Aircraft Dynamics, Space Flight Mechanics, Control of Aerospace Vehicles, Space Systems Design, Linear Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Dynamics and Control of Spacecraft, Girard has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2006. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at The University of California, Berkeley.
She received a degree in Computer Science from École des Mines d’Alès in 1997. She then received her Master of Science in Ocean Engineering in 1998 from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in Engineering in 2002 from the University of California, Berkeley. Girard’s research interests include the dynamics, control, and optimization of advanced, increasingly autonomous vehicles operating in air, space, ground, or marine domains. She and her research group also work on problems of trajectory optimization, increasing autonomy, optimal energy, and information collection that has recently been applied to spacecraft, UAVs, fighter jets, autonomous cars, and America’s Cup foiling catamarans.
Girard was the recipient of the 2019 CoE Claudia Alexander Trailblazer Award and the 2013 Sigma Gamma Tau Silver Shaft Award. She also led the creation of the game Quadcopter Quidditch for autonomous vehicle education for the K-12 community in the Fall of 2018. Girard has co-authored a popular textbook on aerospace navigation and guidance. Currently, Girard serves as the Department’s Undergraduate Student Program Committee Chair.
“Anouck has distinguished herself to be a world leader in the optimization of advanced, increasingly autonomous vehicles and is a much sought after instructor for her expertise, passion, and enthusiasm for aerospace engineering, said Aerospace Department Chair Tony Waas. “Countless numbers of students have benefitted from learning with Anouck as their mentor. Her outreach work to inspire young girls to consider a career in aerospace engineering has garnered national recognition. I am delighted to congratulate her for being promoted to full professor of Aerospace Engineering.”
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