Kerri Cahoy

Sheila Evans Widnall (1960) Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Small Satellite Collaborative
Head, Space Sector
Bisplinghoff Faculty Fellow
Chair, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Pronouns She/Hers

My earliest experience with aerospace was a report on the planets of the Solar System in fourth grade — alas, Pluto.

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Gabrielle Hoyte

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Kim Ngan Le

Specialization and Research Interests

Science interests involve atmospheric sensing and exoplanet detection and characterization. Technology demonstration interests include laser communications, adaptive optics, and autonomy.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include Satellite Engineering, Remote Sensing, and Space Systems Design. My research interests focus on use of nanosatellites for science and technology demonstrations.

Academic Degrees

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

Society Memberships

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

Positions Held at MIT

Associate Department Head, November 2023-present
Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2023 — Present; Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2016 — June 2023; 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

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Awards & Honors

Committed to Caring, MIT
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Outstanding UROP Mentor, MIT
Co-Op Mentor of the Year, Cornell University

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