AE Seminar: Dr. Mark Whorton

Tue Feb 23 2021 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“Aerospace Engineering at GTRI: Technology Vision & Research Collaborations”

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

invites you to attend the talk 

“Aerospace Engineering at GTRI: Technology Vision & Research Collaborations”




Dr. Mark Whorton

Chief Technology Officer | Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)


Tuesday, February 23
11am - 12pm 


About the Speaker
Dr. Mark S. Whorton is the Chief Technology Officer of the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he leads development and implementation of technology strategy and has stewardship of discretionary investments supporting internal research and development.  As the Executive Director of the University of Tennessee Space Institute from 2016-2020, he led the Space Institute’s mission in advanced research and graduate education in engineering and physics.  Prior to joining UTSI in July 2016, Dr. Whorton was Chief Technologist of Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama where he conceived and led development of MUSES, an advanced platform for commercial earth imaging from the International Space Station.   He was also President of Teledyne Optech, Inc., developer of airborne LIDAR instruments and camera systems for coastal zone mapping.

Whorton completed a 20+ year career at NASA NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in 2009 where he was a technical expert in dynamics and control of launch vehicles, spacecraft, and space structures and served as Chief of the Guidance, Navigation, and Mission Analysis Branch while leading development of GNC systems for the NASA Crew Launch Vehicle Ares 1.  Dr. Whorton served as PI for three space flight projects and conceived numerous innovations.

Whorton earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology and two degrees in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Alabama.  Whorton is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has authored 8 journal articles and over 60 conference papers.