Dutton-Ducoffe Professor and Associate Professor
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Dr. Koki Ho is the Dutton-Ducoffe Professor (Associate Professor) and the director of the Space Systems Optimization Group in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on developing modeling and optimization methods for rigorous space mission analysis and design. Some of his specific research interests include (1) network modeling for campaign-level space mission design; (2) optimization and probabilistic modeling for in-space logistics infrastructure design and operations; (3) design, deployment, and maintenance of mega-scale satellite constellations; and (4) sensor management for space domain awareness. His unique research connecting logistics-based modeling, optimization, systems engineering, and space applications has provided a substantial impact on modern and future space missions that involve multiple missions, multiple vehicles, and reusable infrastructure elements. Dr. Ho earned his Ph.D. at MIT and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tokyo. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2020), the NASA Early Career Faculty Award (2019), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2019), and the Luigi Napolitano Award (2015), and he is a co-author of one of the most downloaded Acta Astronautica articles. Dr. Ho currently serves as the Chair of the AIAA Space Logistics Technical Committee.



  • Space Systems Optimization Group (SSOG)
  • Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL)
  • Center for Space Technology and Research (C-STAR)


  • Systems Design & Optimization

AE Multidisciplinary Research Areas:

  • Space Exploration and Earth Monitoring

B.Eng., Aeronautics and Astronautics2009, University of Tokyo; M.Eng., Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011, University of Tokyo; Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Distinctions & Awards


  • 2020 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2019 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2019 NASA Early Career Faculty Award
  • 2015 Luigi Napolitano Award