Prof. Ella Atkins

Aerospace Engineering

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About Prof. Atkins

Dr. Atkins is a Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and Director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2Sys) Lab. Dr. Atkins holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She previously served on the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Prof. Atkins is past-chair of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, AIAA Associate Fellow, IEEE senior member, small public airport owner/operator (Shamrock Field, Brooklyn, MI) and private pilot. She served on the National Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) (2011-2015 term), was a member of the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies (DSSG) Group (2012-2013), and recently served on an NRC committee to develop an autonomy research agenda for civil aviation (2013-2014). Dr Atkins also holds a courtesy faculty position in the EECS Department and she is the chair for the Robotics Institute at Michigan.


Ph.D. ’99 – University of Michigan, Computer Science & Engineering

M.S. ’95 – University of Michigan, Computer Science & Engineering

M.S. ’90 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautics & Astronautics

B.S. ’88 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautics & Astronautics

Research Interests

Flight Planing, Guidance, Navigation, Decision Making, Cloud-based Data Fusion, Geo-fencing, Cyber-physical Systems, Autonomous Systems, Robotics

Teaching Interests

  • AERO 552 Aerospace Information Systems
  • AERO 450 Flight Software Systems 
  • AERO 201 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering  
  • AERO 552 Aerospace Information Systems 
  • ENGR 151 Accelerated Intro. to Computers & Programming=
  • ENGR 101 Intro. to Computers & Programming
  • ROB 550 Robotics Systems Laboratory
  • ROB 590 Directed Study