Biographical Sketch


Professor John E. Prussing


John E. Prussing is Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering in the UIUC College of Engineering. His research interests include orbital mechanics and optimal spacecraft trajectories. He has authored numerous archival journal articles and conference papers that have been translated into Russian, Chinese, French, and Portuguese and referenced in 58 English-language journals. He is coauthor of the popular textbook Orbital Mechanics

(owned by 275 libraries worldwide) and author of a new (2018) book Optimal Spacecraft Trajectories, both published by Oxford University Press.


Prussing has served in several faculty governance roles. These include Vice-Chair of the UIUC Senate Executive Committee (2005–06), Chair of the Senate Committee on Committees (2002–05), Chair of the Five-Year Review Committee for the Vice-Chancellor for Research (2005–06), Chair of the Senate General University Policy Committee (2007–10), Member of both the Senate Educational Policy Committee and Conference on Conduct Governance (2014-16). Within the UIUC Chapter of the AAUP he is Past-President (2009-12) and is a member of the Policy Committee.


Professor Prussing has served in several other university administrative roles, including the Vice-PresidentŐs Seminar on Tenure (1995–96), Campus Research Board (1992–96), General Education Board (1998–2007, Chair 2006–07), College of Engineering Executive Committee (1991–94, Vice-Chair 1993–94), Five-Year Review Committee for the Dean of Engineering (1993–94), and Engineering College Promotion & Tenure Committee (1992–94, Chair 1993–94).


Prussing received his SB (honors), SM, and ScD in aerospace engineering from MIT. Recognitions include Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Fellow in the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the AAS Dirk Brouwer Award (research) and the AIAA Mechanics & Control of Flight Award (research), and appearing for 23 semesters on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.   He has served as a consultant to NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Lewis Research Center, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.