Mark Francis Costello
Dr. Mark Costello is a professor in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering (AE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research team is noted for creating innovative new technologies such as robotic landing gear for rotorcraft, bleed air control of parafoils, and direct impact control of smart projectiles. This research has led to the formation of start-up companies including Earthly Dynamics and Persimia Corporations.
Previously, he served as the William R.T. Oakes Professor and School Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering from 2018 to 2023. Earlier in his career, he was posted at the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA where he served as a program manager. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Costello served as the David Lewis Professor of Autonomy in Georgia Tech's schools of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, where he taught and mentored students in the areas of dynamics, controls, and design. Dr. Costello holds degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State (B.S.) and Georgia Tech (M.S. and Ph.D.). He is also an ASME Fellow and AIAA Associate Fellow.
Center for Advanced Machine Mobility (CAMM)
Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)
Flight Mechanics & Controls
Systems Design & Optimization
AE Multidisciplinary Research Areas:
Robotics, Autonomy, and Human Interactions
Vertical Lift and Urban Air Mobility
Mentor Expertise Areas
Aerodynamics or Fluid Mechanics
Autonomy or Robotics
Fixed Wing Aircraft Systems
Flight Dynamics or Control Systems
Mentor Focus Areas
Advice related to maximizing success at GT
General career mentoring
Government Agency (e.g. NASA, FAA, ONR, etc.) career perspectives
Military career options
- B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1987, Pennsylvania State University;
- M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1989, Georgia Institute of Technology;
- Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, 1992, Georgia Institute of Technology;
Fellow of the ASME, Associate Fellow of the AIAA.