Giusy Falcone

Assistant Professor


François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140



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Dr. Giusy Falcone is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Principal Investigator of the Space-Flight Autonomous Leading Concepts (Space-FALCON) Lab. Specializing in hypersonic and space systems, her expertise spans multiple domains, including space guidance, navigation, control, flight mechanics, mission design, trajectory optimization, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems. Dr. Falcone’s research is instrumental in developing innovative, low-cost autonomous space missions capable of adapting and responding safely to changing environments. Before her current role, Dr. Falcone worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, where she concentrated on trajectory optimization for space applications within the RExLab group. She acquired her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in May 2022 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing her research on the enhancement of autonomous aerobraking maneuvers on Mars. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, she collaborated with esteemed funding agencies such as NASA and DARPA. Dr. Falcone is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. She currently serves as the Awards Subcommittee Deputy Chair of the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Technical Committee.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, 2022
  • University of Pisa, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 2017, B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 2014

Research Interests

  • Space Systems
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Orbital and Hypersonic Flight Dynamics
  • Mission Design
  • Autonomous Robotic Systems

Research areas:


  • AEROSP 470 – Control of Aerospace Vehicles.