Mark Francis Costello

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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

Entrepreneurial perspectives

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;
Distinctions & Awards

Fellow of the ASME, Associate Fellow of the AIAA.