Mark Francis Costello


Dr. Mark Costello is the William R. T. Oakes Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. He comes to this position after a disgtinguished career as a faculty member, most recently as the AE School's David S. Lewis Professor of Autonomy, with a joint appointment to the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Costello most recently completed an assignment to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served as a Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office. He is the director of Center for Advanced Machine Mobility (CAMM), a multidisciplinary research center consisting of a network of faculty and students focused on mobile platform technologies. Mark works in the area of dynamics, control, and design. He has earned national recognition for a substantial research program in the development of innovative flight mechanics and controls technologies for a variety of flight vehicles, including rotorcraft, projectiles, parafoils, and unmanned air vehicles. Findings from his research endeavors are summarized in more than 100 papers in archival journals, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, he was on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also worked as a research engineer in the Helicopter Division of the Boeing Company and at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has served as an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control as well as the IMECHE Journal of Aerospace Engineering.



Fellow of the ASME, Associate Fellow of the AIAA.


  • Center for Advanced Machine Mobility (CAMM)
  • Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)
  • Systems Design & Optimization
  • Flight Mechanics & Controls