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John W. Conklin

Associate Professor
Address Office MAE-A 322 Lab MAE-A 326 Phone: (352) 392-0614 Fax: (352) 392-7303 Website: Precision Space Systems Laboratory


John Conklin joined the UF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty in August of 2012 after working for three years at the W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University.  He received his PhD from Stanford in 2009 and in 2011 he was the Fulbright Junior Lecturer at the University of Trento in Italy. He has been awarded the NASA Early Career Faculty award (2014), the Zeldovich Medal (2010) by COSPAR & the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Balhaus Prize (2009) for best PhD thesis in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford, and the NASA Group Achievement Award (2005).


Ph.D., 2009, Stanford University

Teaching Interests

Dynamics, Astrodynamics, Navigation, Precision Engineering

Research Interests

John’s research is in the development of precision instruments for spacecraft navigation and gravitational science, dynamics & control, and the design and analysis of space missions that depend heavily on these technologies.