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Robert J. Twiggs

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Program/Dept: Space Science / Department of Physics, Earth Science and Space Systems Engineering
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: M.S.E.E., Microwaves, Standford University; B.S.E.E., University of Idaho
Research Interests: Small Spacecraft, Space Systems and Space Outreach Educational Devices


Robert Twiggs has been a professor of astronautical engineering at MSU since July 2009. He was instrumental in the development of a space systems curriculum. Prior to his time at MSU, Twiggs was a consulting professor in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University for 14 years. He is responsible for developing the curriculum for students interested in designing, building and operating small space experiments. He helped develop the original concepts for the CricketSat, CanSat, CubeSat and the PocketQub for educational applications for use in space. In 2010 he was selected as by the Space News publication as one of 10 space professionals “That Made a Difference in Space”. One of his recent publications is as a co-author of the article “Citizen Satellites” in the February 2011 Scientific American. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and an master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University

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Space Science Center 212G