Wiley Larson, PhD
Space Industry Executive
Dr. Wiley Larson is an internationally recognized space systems author and Distinguished Service Professor at Stevens. He is currently contributing to US space efforts by creating an integrated set of 18+ published books detailing “how to” design, develop, launch and operate space systems.
He recently co-authored the paper, “The Art and Science of Systems Engineering,” which aims to provide a clear definition of the highly effective behavioral characteristics of the best systems engineers at NASA.
By documenting the capabilities that a systems engineer needs at NASA at each performance level, he seeks to create a way to help develop and identify the future systems engineers of the field. The paper describes the behavioral characteristics in some detail and provides examples. It also provides a fully vetted and accepted list of capabilities required of space systems engineers, and describes seven key concepts that require finesse on the part of the space systems engineer.
In addition to directing the space system engineering program at Stevens, Dr. Larson is co-author, managing editor and program director of the joint NASA and DOD Space Technology Series at the United States Air Force Academy, CO, Department of Astronautics, a position he’s held for two decades. He leads efforts of 362 international authors and editors to develop a series of books and tools for space mission analysis and design, as well as space system engineering—payloads, spacecraft, launch systems, operations and infrastructure.
Dr. Larson continues to work with NASA, European Space Agency, French Space Agency, German Space Agency and over 10 national and international corporations as consultant, educator and mentor. He was certified as a major program manager within DOD. Dr. Larson is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Research Projects Interests
Applied Space System Engineering, Kirkpatrick, Larson, Sellers, Thomas and Verma, to be published, McGraw Hill, 2009.
Applied Project Management for Space Systems, Chesley, Larson and Menrad, to be published, McGraw Hill, 2008.
Space Launch and Transportation Systems: Design and Operations, Larson, Kirkpatrick, Ryan and Weyers, 2005, Military Distribution C.
Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations, 2nd Edition, Squibb, Boden and Larson (co-authors and editors), McGraw Hill, 1996, 2006.
Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design, Larson and Pranke (co-authors and editors), McGraw Hill, Feb 1999.
Space Mission Analysis and Design, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions, Larson and Wertz (co-authors and editors), Kluwer, 1990, 1992 and 1999, respectively. (IAF Engineering Book Award Winner, 2002)
Space Propulsion Analysis and Design, Humble, Henry and Larson (editors), McGraw Hill, 1995.
Reducing Space Mission Cost, Wertz and Larson (co-authors and editors), Kluwer, 1996.