Kenshiro Oguri (Ken)


Ph.D. student (2017-present):
Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Advisor: Prof. Jay McMahon

M.S. (2017), B.S. (2015):
Intelligent Space Systems Lab. (ISSL)
Aeronautics and Astronautics, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Advisor: Prof. Ryu Funase & Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka


Professional experience

Graduate research assistant (2017-present):
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

JSPS DC1 research fellow (Apr.-Aug. 2017):
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Assistant researcher at ISAS/JAXA (2015-2017):
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Graduate teaching assistant (Apr.-Aug. 2016):
“Exercise in Space Engineering”
Professors in charge: Prof. S. Nakasuka, Prof. R. Funase, Prof. K. Komurasaki

Study area

Solar system exploration, Spacecraft trajectory design, Control theory, Optimization, Solar sailing spacecraft, Micro spacecraft


In my free time…

Tennis: undergrad-

I like to play tennis, baseball, snowboarding, and other sports in general. I also love traveling around as a backpacker or by bike. Given the Boulder’s splendid mountains and beautiful weather, I would definitely want to try hiking, mountain-biking, wall climbing, and other outdoor activities!

Baseball: -high school
Wall climbing: grad school-
Hiking: grad school-

It’s good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it’s impossible to know everything upfront.
– Mark Zuckerberg