Mark Francis Costello


Professor Mark Costello serves as the William R.T. Oakes Professor and School Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is responsible for leadership of the school as well as all administration and financial management of the department. Previously, 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. His research team is noted for creating innovative new technologies such as, for example, 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. Dr. Costello holds degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State (B.S.) and Georgia Tech (M.S. and Ph.D.). He is an ASME Fellow and AIAA Associate Fellow.


Fellow of the ASME, Associate Fellow of the AIAA.


  • 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