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James H. Newman
Chair of Space Systems Academic Group
Mail Code: SP
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2487
Email: jhnewman (at)
PhD - Rice University, 1984
MA - Rice University, 1982
BA - Dartmouth College, 1978
  • 10/2016 - present Chair, Space Systems Academic Group
  • 10/4/2015 - 8/29/2016 Acting Provost and Academic Dean
  • 07/2008 - present Professor, Space Systems Academic Group
  • 03/2006 - 07/2008 NASA Visiting Professor
  • 01/2003 - 01/2006 Director, NASA's Human Space Flight Program, Russia
  • 07/1990 - 07/2008 NASA / Johnson Space Center / Astronaut Office STS-51, STS-69, STS-88, STS-109
  • 01/1985 - 07/1990 NASA / Johnson Space Center / Training Division
  • 06/1984 - 01/1985 Rice University, Post-doctoral fellow
  • Project-based courses involving CubeSats, balloons, and rockets
  • Orbital Mechanics and Launch Systems
  • Satellite Modeling and Simulation
  • Use of CubeSats for focused research of National interest:
    • MC3 - Mobile CubeSat Command and Control, infrastructure research and development for CubeSat ground stations, optimization of capability to support many satellites with few ground stations
    • CNGB - CubeSat Next Generation Bus, infrastructure research and development with LLNL on optimizing the bus for payload support
    • NPSCuL - NPS CubeSat Launcher, infrastructure research and development for launching CubeSats on Government launch vehicles, optimization of vibration environments for CubeSats
    • HAB - High Altitude Balloons, research and use of high altitude balloons for technology testing, including radio and ground station testing. Also for use in STEM outreach to High School and College students.
  • Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, 2016
  • AIAA Haley Space Flight Award, 2014
  • California Space Authority SpotBeam Award / California Astronaut Hall of Fame (Former Astronaut), 2008
  • Rice University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to the Space Vision System Team, 2002
  • Rotary Foundation's "National Award for Space Achievement" Team Award, 2001
  • NASA Space Flight Awards (STS-51, 69, 88, 109)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 1996
  • Superior Achievement Award by the Institute of Navigation for "outstanding accomplishments as a Practical Navigator" for work on GPS (Global Positioning System) on the Space Shuttle, 1995
  • AAS Flight Achievement Awards (1994, 1996)
  • NASA Superior Achievement Award, 1988
  • Service Positions
    • Technical Area Editor, Journal of Small Satellites
  • Professional society memberships
    • American Physical Society (APS)
    • Sigma Xi
    • American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) (Associate Fellow)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • W.D. Lan, V. Kaushish, and J.H. Newman, "Progress in Reducing Vibration Levels on the Naval Postgraduate School CubeSat Launcher", SSC15-X-4, presented at the 29th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2015
  • W. M. Crane, J. H. Newman, and M. Romano, “Characterization of a shape memory alloy interference coupling,” Smart Mater. Struct. 23 (2014) 115011
  • V. Riot, L. Simms, D. Carter, T. Decker, J. Newman, L. Magallanes, J. Horning, D. Rigmaiden, M. Hubbell, D. Williamson, "Government-owned CubeSat Next Generation Bus Reference Architecture", SSC14-V-9, presented at the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2014
  • W. M. Crane, P. M. Oppenheimer, M. Romano, and J. H. Newman, “Micro-coupling active release mechanism,” US Patent #8,579,535 B2 Nov. 12, 2013
  • W. M. Crane, P. M. Oppenheimer, M. Romano, and J. H. Newman, “Micro-coupling active release mechanism,” Divisional Patent Application S/N 14/048,986 pending
  • A. O. Perez, J. H. Newman, and M. Romano, “Single Motion Actuated Shape Memory Alloy Coupling”, Proceedings of the 41st Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, May 16-18, 2012
  • D. Sakoda, S.D. Driscoll, V. Kaushish, R. Panholzer, J.H. Newman, “NPS CubeSat Launcher (NPSCuL) Structural Design and Verification”, CNES 4S Symposium, Spain, 2010
  • C.M. Hicks, A.C. DeJesus, A.D. Harris, M.R. Crook, F. Rossberg, D. Sakoda, R. Panholzer, and J.H. Newman, “Coach Class to Orbit: the NPS CubeSat Launcher”, SSC09-X-9, presented at the 23rd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2009
  • C. Ortiona, R.D. Jenkins, C.S. Malone, L.T. Dorn, M.P. Schroer, A. Schulenberg, P.M. Oppenheimer, W.M. Crane, D. Sakoda, M. Romano, R. Panholzer, and J.H. Newman, “The Naval Postgraduate School SCAT++ CubeSat Program”, SSC09-XII-4, presented at the 23rd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2009
  • Keywords: CubeSats, small satellites, hands-on education

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