Byron Tapley

Byron D. Tapley, Ph.D
Director, Center for Space Research
Professor, Aerospace Engineering


Research Interests

Dr. Tapley's research interests focus on the application on nonlinear parameter estimation methods to determine crustal motion, Earth rotation, the Earth's geopotential, and ocean and atmosphere circulations; as well as the interactions between the aforementioned systems.

Dr. Tapley has served as Chairman of the Geodesy Section for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of AGU, AIAA, and AAAS.

Awards

Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Engineering
NASA Public Service Medal, 1995
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 1983
Mechanics & Control of Flight Award presented by American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1989

Education

Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1960
M.S., Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1958
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1956


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