Andrew Langford

2024 Hertz Fellow
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Drew Langford’s research focuses on applications of dynamical systems theory to understand the natural behavior of orbits and enhance spaceflight capabilities in multi-body gravitational environments.

He intends to use his expertise in astrodynamics to contribute toward a sustainable cislunar presence and deliver scientific and economic opportunity to Earth. He is a doctoral student in astrodynamics at Purdue University and a member of the Multi-Body Dynamics Group led by Professor Kathleen Howell.

Prior to his doctoral work, he was awarded a master’s in astronomy from the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy. His research focused on the formation and evolution of the Pluto-Charon system and of other planetary systems around close binary stars.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in physics, where he earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Physics Major, Phi Beta Kappa and Goldwater Scholar distinctions. He is originally from Avon, Indiana.

Graduate Studies

Purdue University

Undergraduate Studies

University of Notre Dame

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