Kerri Cahoy

Photo: Kerri Cahoy
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Co-Director, Small Satellite Center
Bisplinghoff Faculty Fellow

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Room 37-367
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

kcahoy [at]
Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer

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Prof. Kerri Cahoy with wires and electronics in her laboratory.
Kerri Cahoy in action
Academic Degrees

2008, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; 2002, M.S. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; 2000, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

Honors and Awards

MIT Committed to Caring Award, 2020-2021; AIAA Associate Fellow, 2018; NASA New Investigator in Earth Sciences Award, 2014; MIT Outstanding UROP Mentor Award, 2012-2013

Society Memberships

AIAA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Astronomical Society, National Society for Optics and Photonics

Positions Held at MIT

Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2016 — Present; Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2011 — June 2016; Research Staff, Earth and Planetary Sciences and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, June 2010 — July 2011

Positions Held outside MIT

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center, Exoplanets, October 2008 – June 2010; Senior RF Payload Engineer and Communications Scientist, Space Systems Loral, August 2006 – October 2008; NASA Educational Associate, January 2006 – August 2006; NASA Ames Research Center, Intelligent Robotics Group, Graduate Student Researcher; Stanford University Electrical Engineering, June 2002 – January 2006

Specialization and Research Interests

Wavefront control systems for exoplanet exploration and free-space, laser communication, Spacecraft radio systems for space weather and planetary atmospheric sensing, nanosatellites (CubeSats)

Teaching Interests

Spacecraft engineering, optical and radio remote sensing

Advising Philosophy Statement