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ARCS Foundation awards

The Robert and Doris Pulley Award in Mathematics from the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, a national non-profit organization that boosts U.S. competitiveness by raising funds to support promising U.S. citizens in doctoral programs in the sciences, engineering, and medicine) has been awarded to the following students. Advisers in parenthesis.
  • 2019: David Webb (Kjos-Hanssen)
  • 2017: John C. Robertson (Willett)
  • 2016: Jamal Hassan Haidar (Harron)
  • 2012: Geoffrey Patterson (Chyba)
  • 2011: William DeMeo (Freese)
  • 2008: Austin Anderson (Smith)

Using geometric control theory to identify optimal trajectories


Graduate student Geoffrey Patterson has been awarded the Robert and Doris Pulley Award in Mathematics from ARCS.

ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) is a national non-profit organization that boosts U.S. competitiveness by raising funds to support promising U.S. citizens in doctoral programs in the sciences, engineering, and medicine).

In a collaborative project with the Institute for Astronomy, Geoff uses geometric control theory to identify optimum trajectories that would allow spacecraft to intercept temporarily captured objects — asteroids and the like caught in Earth orbit for a short time.