Michigan alum (BSAE ’87, MSAE ’88 and AE Ph.D ’92) and former U-M Aerospace faculty member Professor Daniel J. Scheeres has been elected to the 2017 class of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Scheeres served on the University of Michigan Aerospace faculty for over a decade as an Assistant Professor (1999-2002), Associate Professor (2002-2008) and Adjunct Professor (2008-2011).
Dr. Scheeres was elected to the NAE for his “pioneering work on the motion of bodies in strongly perturbed environments, such as near asteroids and comets.” He is the radio science team lead for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.
In 2014, Dr. Scheeres received the title of Distinguished Professor, one of the highest honors given to University of Colorado-Boulder faculty. Among his many additional accolades, Dr. Scheeres is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and has an asteroid (8887 Scheeres) named in his honor.