Kenshiro (Ken) Oguri


Ph.D. student (2017-present; expected graduation in Fall 2020):
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

NASA JPL visiting student researcher (Jun.-Aug. 2018 & Sep.-Nov. 2019):
Outer planet mission analysis group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology


Graduate research assistant (2017-present):
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR), University of Colorado Boulder

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

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

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

Study area

Astrodynamics, Optimization, Celestial Mechanics, Control theory, Estimation theory, Space mission design


In my free time…

Bouldering/rock climbing

Given the splendid mountains and beautiful weather in Boulder, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities in my free time. I also love backpacking around the world.






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