Bio / CV

Bio sketch

Dr. Saleh is an Associate Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He received his undergraduate degree from Supaero (now ISAE) in Toulouse, France, a Masters degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.

Prior to Joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Saleh served as the Executive Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance, a multi-million dollar research partnership between MIT and the Ford Motor Company.He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety, and the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

Dr. Saleh is the author two books, 140 technical publications, including two articles in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering (Wiley), and 66 journal articles, a dozen of which have been on the Top 25 most downloaded publications on ScienceDirect.

He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Saleh has received several awards for his teaching and mentoring, including the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Most Valuable Professor Award, and the Class of 1940 W. Roanne Beard Outstanding Teaching Award, Georgia Tech’s highest teaching award; and at MIT he received the Vicki Kerrebrock Award and two mentoring awards for supervising the Best Theses in the Technology and Policy Program (for Nicole Jordan and Juan Pablo Torres Padilla).

His research cover three broad themes:

(1) spacecraft reliability and multi-state failure analysis

(2) programmatic systems engineering as it pertains to space systems, focusing on its temporal dimension, including flexibility, on-orbit obsolescence, space responsiveness, and schedule risk

(3) accident causation and system safety (across different industries)

 

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Thesis: Weaving Time Into System Architecture
New Perspectives on Flexibility, Spacecraft Design Lifetime, and On-Orbit Servicing

Harvard University
M.A. Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Thesis: The Six Blind Men, Surat al-Fil, and the Elephant

Supaero
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Toulouse, France)
Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Aeronautics and Astronautics

 

Awards, Fellowships, and Affiliations

  • Class of 1940 W. Roanne Beard Outstanding Teaching Award, Georgia Tech’s highest teaching award, 2016

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Aerospace Engineering and Sigma Gamma Tau, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012

  • Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2010

  • Most Valuable Professor (MVP) Award, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

  • Faculty Appreciation Award, from the Technology and Policy Program at MIT, 2006

  • The 2005 and 2006 mentoring awards of the Best Thesis in Technology and Policy at MIT “for serving as Thesis Supervisor to” Nicole Jordan and Juan Pablo Torres Padilla

  • Vickie Kerrebrock Award, from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT for “countless hours spent teaching, advising, and mentoring students in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics”, 2006

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Charles S. Draper Fellowship, 1998-99; Arthur Gelb Fellowship, Spring 2000

 

Awards for Undergraduate Students and Teams I have Advised or co-Advised

  • Veronica Foreman. College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, April 2014.

  • Rachel Haga. Sigma Xi Best Undergraduate Research Award, Georgia Tech, March 2012.

  • Elizabeth Scott Fleming, Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, Georgia Tech College of Engineering, March 2009.

  • 1st place in the 2008 Planetary Society's Apophis Mission Design Competition (Team Pharos, Jillian Apa, Kreston Barron, Jarret Lafleur, Nilesh Shah, Jonathan Sharma and Jonathan Townley). This competition received 37 mission proposals from 20 countries. Co-advised with Dr. R. Braun.

  • 1st place in the 2008 NASA Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) Systems Engineering Paper Competition (Team Yamato, Scott Martinelly, Brandon Smith, Neal Patel, Hau King Lam, David Powell). Co-advised with Dr. Bishop.

  • 1st place in the 2007 AIAA Undergraduate Space Systems Design Competition (Team ASTI, Amanda Verges, Adam Maser, Matt Panaro, Bala Radharamanan, and Masa Yano). Co-advised with Dr. R. Braun.

  •  2nd place in the 2008 NASA Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) Systems Engineering Paper Competition (Team WOLF, Michael Bernatovitch, Nicholas Daily, Jonathan Keim, Laura Place, Jennie Rome, Stephen Thompson). Co-advised with Dr. Bishop.

  •  2nd place in the NASA Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) Systems Engineering Paper Competition, 2007 (Team Pharos, Jillian Apa, Kreston Barron, Jarret Lafleur, Nilesh Shah, Jonathan Sharma and Jonathan Townley). Co-advised with Dr. R. Braun.

 

Former Ph.D. Students 

  • Gregory F. Dubos. Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, May 2011.
    “Stochastic modeling of responsiveness, schedule risk, and obsolescence of space systems, and implications for design choices”
    Accepted a position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/CalTech.

  • Joy Brathwaite. Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering. December 2011.
    “Value-informed space system design and acquisition”
    Accepted a position at the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA).

  • Jarret Lafleur. Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering. December 2011
    “Markovian state-space framework for integrating flexibility into space system design decisions” 
    Accepted a position at Sandia National Laboratories.

  • Jean-Francois Castet. Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering. October 2012
    “Reliability, multi-state failures, and survivability of spacecraft and space-based networks”
    Accepted a position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/CalTech.

  • Francesca Favaro. Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering. May 2016
    “Safety Supervisory Control, Model-Based Hazard Monitoring, and Temporal Logic: Dynamic Risk-Informed Safety Interventions and Accident Prevention”
    Accepted a faculty position at the San Jose State University.

 

Former M.Sc. Students 

  • Gregory F. Dubos. “Space systems design attributes and impact on space responsiveness”.
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2007.

  • Jean-Francois Castet. “Survivability of spacecraft and space-based networks”
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2009.

  • Nicole C. Jordan. “Multidisciplinary spacesuit modeling and optimization: requirement changes and recommendations for the next-generation spacesuit design”.
    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Technology and Policy Program, MIT, Spring 2006 (Best Thesis award).

  • Julie A. Arnold. “Towards a framework for the design and evaluation of heterogeneous teams of humans and robots for space exploration” .
    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, Spring 2006.

  • Juan Pablo Torres-Padilla, “Perspectives on the satellite services industry: analyses of challenges and opportunities".
     Technology and Policy Program, MIT, Spring 2005 (Best Thesis award).

  • Gregory T. Mark. “Incorporating flexibility into system design: a novel framework and illustrated developments” .
    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, Spring 2005.

  • Joy Brathwaite. “Value-centric framework and Pareto optimality for design and acquisition of communication satellites”.
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Summer 2009.

  • Jarret Lafleur. “Systems engineering for the fractionated spacecraft" .
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall 2009.

  • Thomas Hiriart. “Spacecraft reliability growth analysis and modeling”.
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall 2009.

  • Jessica Wayer. “Attitude control subsystem: statistical comparative analysis of failure behavior for spacecraft in LEO and GEO”. 
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2012

  • Loic Brevaut. “Beyond safety barriers: agonist and antagonist concepts, and hybrid system modeling for accident causation and prevention”.
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Fall 2012

  • Rachel Haga. “Observability in depth and the safety diagnosability principle for accident prevention”.
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Spring 2013

  •  Andy Tien. “Hosted payloads: opportunities, risks, and procurement strategy”.
     School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Summer 2013.

  • Francesca Favarò. “Software contributions in aircraft adverse events”.
    School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2014.