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Martin, John

Martin, John

Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
3184 Glenn L. Martin Hall


Astrodynamics, Scientific Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Dynamical Systems


  • Ph.D. 2023, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • M.S. 2021, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • B.S. 2018, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • B.A. 2018, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Department of Music


John R. Martin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his PhD and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences specializing in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and B.A in Music from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At UMD, his research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and astrodynamics research. His current projects focus on the construction of high-fidelity and reliable machine learning dynamics models that can be leveraged onboard spacecraft for guidance, navigation, and control purposes. His projects make frequent use of Scientific Machine Learning, developing models with physics-informed neural networks and neuralODEs, as well as reinforcement learning to enhance autonomous capabilities of satellite in deep space environments.


  • Outstanding Dissertation, CU-Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences, 2023
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF, 2018-2023
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, CU-Boulder, 2023 
  • John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award, CU-Boulder, 2022
  • Dean's Fellowship, CU-Boulder, 2018 
  • Dean's Assistantship, CU-Boulder, 2018
  • Chancellor's Award Outstanding Senior in Physics Award, UNC Chapel Hill, 2018
  • UNC Churchill Scholarship Nominee, UNC Chapel Hill, 2017 
  • Daniel C. Johnson Outstanding Junior Award, UNC Physics and Astronomy, 2017
  • Honors Thesis Research Award, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, 2017
  • North Carolina Space Grant Recipient, NASA, 2017 
  • North Carolina Space Grant Recipient, NASA, 2016


  • Member,  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)



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Hoyer Honors UM Solar Decathlon Team

Praise for team entered into the Congressional Record.

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Grants combine $3.2M from participating companies and $1M from Mtech Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program.

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Team will compete against seven other finalists at national competition in San Antonio in April.

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Framework for current and future cooperation with Lockheed Martin worth at least $3 million.

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ECE Event Highlights Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Research Review Day showcases technology advancements in electrical and computer engineering.

Baras, Martins Part of $9M Grant

Semiconductor Research Corporation/DARPA fund research on microelectronics and systems.

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Students present their summer research accomplishments at annual MERIT/TREND fair.

Abed to Join UAE University

ISR director, ECE professor named dean of UAEU's College of Information Technology.

Clark School Participates in MURI Programs

ECE members to work on multidisciplinary research projects awarded by DoD.

Clark School Sweeps OTC Awards

Thin battery, nano-velcro and key exchange system named top UM inventions.

NanoCenter Improves Energy Storage Options

Maryland NanoCenter researchers create new device to store electrical energy.

Fisher Speaks at Maryland Stem Cell Symposium

Presents work on treatment of traumatic facial injuries.

UM $50K Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

Six winners were selected from eight finalist teams.

Lockheed CTO to Address Graduates

Clark School commencement will take place at noon May 23, at Comcast Center.

Inaugural Anderson Scholarship Awarded to Kirk

Madeline Kirk announced as first recipient of Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering.

Alumna Named Black Engineer of the Year

Nancy Linton (B.S. '98) won for "Outstanding Technical Contribution in Government."

WIE Holds Inaugural DREAM Conference

Women in Engineering Program event attracts more than 350 participants.

ECE Graduates Record Number

Department reports 64 students earn doctorates last year, an all time high.

Johnson Stresses Corporate-University Partnership

Lockheed CTO kicks off fall Whiting-Turner lecture series.

Next Whiting-Turner Lecture on Thursday

Ray Johnson, new Lockheed Martin CTO, explains technology trends Nov. 8.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Head to "Boot Camp"

Workshop is a comprehensive, one-day introduction to starting a company.

NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson speaks about the astronaut selection and training process

Stephanie Wilson, a NASA Astronaut, will speak about the Astronaut selection and training process.

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