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Holzinger, Marcus J

Associate Professor and Negler Endowed Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Holzinger's creative efforts applying autonomy, controls & dynamical systems, and perception to space domain awareness (SDA) and space guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) focus on a scholarly `theory to hardware' approach. Using this philosophy, theoretical investigations are confirmed through empirical observations of on-orbit space objects. He is also engaged in space-related policy. This combination of empirical data generation assets makes Dr. Holzinger's lab exceedingly unique, generating graduate students with strong theoretical foundations in astrodynamics, controls, and sensor systems, while also comfortable manipulating raw sensor data and operating the electro-optical assets themselves. Prof. Holzinger had substantive impact, and has testified on civil space traffic management at the U.S. Senate, authored white papers for the Air Force Research Laboratory, and is engaged in efforts to identify norms of behavior and rules of the road in space.


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courses taught

  • ASEN 1009 - Undergraduate Aerospace Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Introduce aerospace undergraduate students to world-class aerospace researchers and technical, policy, and/or current events topics. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.
  • ASEN 3200 - Orbital Mechanics/Attitude Dynamics and Control
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Presents the fundamentals of orbital mechanics, 3D rigid body dynamics and satellite attitude dynamics and controls.
  • ASEN 3700 - Orbital Mechanics/Attitude Dynamics and Control
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Presents the fundamentals of orbital mechanics, 3D rigid body dynamics and satellite attitude dynamics and controls.
  • ASEN 4018 - Senior Projects 1: Design Synthesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2022
    Focuses on the synthesis of technical knowledge, project management, design process, leadership, and communications within a team environment. Students progress through the design process beginning with requirements development, then preliminary design and culminating with critical design. Offered fall only.
  • ASEN 4028 - Senior Projects 2: Design Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2023
    Focuses on the fabrication, integration, verification and validation of designs produced in ASEN 4018. Students work within the same teams from ASEN 4018. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 5940 - Engineering Research Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Grants credit to foreign visiting graduate students for conducting research within the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department. Credits can be transferred to the student's home institution. CU-Boulder students may also receive credit for conducting research outside of the university, either overseas or in the US.
  • ASEN 6080 - Statistical Orbit Determination
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Course on orbit and advanced estimation techniques. Emphasizes orthogonal transformation techniques such as Givens and Householder, square root filtering and smoothing and considers covariance analysis. Also nonlinear filters and dynamic model compensation techniques. Requires term project that involves the application of many of the techniques required for precise orbit determination.
  • ASEN 6084 - Optical Multi-Target Tracking
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    This course focuses on exploiting sensor information to detect, track, and characterize unresolved objects using optical sensors. This course will cover phenomenological modeling, error statistics, image processing, detection methods, and several multi-object tracking frameworks. Assignments and projects will incorporate both simulated and empirical data generation / collection and reduction.
  • ASEN 6519 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Reflects upon specialized aspects of aerospace engineering sciences. Course content is indicated in the online Schedule Planner. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: varies.
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020


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