Leadership, Fellows and Affiliates

SERC Leadership 

David Barnhart, M.Eng.


[email protected]

Daniel Erwin, PhD.

Chair of Astronautical Engineering Department at USC and Undergraduate Program Director

Mike Gruntman, PhD.

Co-founder of Astronautical Engineering Department at USC and Masters Program Director

Joseph A. Kunc, PhD.

Founder and Director 2006-2014

SERC Affiliates and Fellows

 In 2019 SERC is expanding to bring in world class researchers, international experts and academic leaders to help chart future research development of the Center and the students.  While technology is the primary focus of SERC, convergence with policy and long term sustainability and space governance is vital to proliferate advanced solutions in space.  Thus SERC is seeking outstanding fellows and affiliates to broaden our researchers and students technology portfolios, and thus provide leverage to future policy and international governance for our second generation push in Space.

Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow in Robotic & Outer Space Governance, appointed 2019

Dr Nikita Chiu, BSSc(CUHK), MPhil (Cantab), MA, PhD (Graduate Institute, Geneva)


SERC Collaborators:

  • Inside ISI: Dr Craig Knoblock, Erdong Hu, Eugene Park, Ava Badii, Jacob Davies, Isabel Yarwood Perez, Antariksh Narain

  • Department of Astronautical Engineering at USC

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Aerospace Corporation

  • Lockheed Martin

  • Atlas Operations Inc.

  • Omega Engineering

  • University of California San Diego

  • University of California-Berkeley