Colloquium Speaker:    Dr. Xiaoli Bai
Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Dr. Xiaoli Bai is an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She obtained her PhD degree of Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Rutgers, she was a research scientist at Optimal Synthesis Inc. in Los Altos, California, working with NASA Langley and NASA Ames on advanced research and development projects in the area of air traffic management systems. Her current research interests include astrodynamics and Space Situational Awareness; spacecraft guidance, control, and space robotics; and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle navigation and control. She was an Associate Fellow for the Class of 2021 in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a recipient of the 2019 NASA Early Career Faculty award, The 2016 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program award, Outstanding Young Aerospace Engineer Award from Texas A&M University in 2018, A. Water Tyson Assistant Professor Award from Rutgers in 2018, and Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Dr. Bai have published 41 journal articles. Her research has been funded by NASA, AFOSR, Air Force STTR, and ONR.