Biography

Pini Gurfil received his B.Sc. (1994), Master (during a direct Ph.D. track, 1998) and Ph.D. (2000) in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Gurfil has been with the Israeli Armament Development Authority, RAFAEL. In July 2000, he assumed a post-doctoral position in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Since 2003, he has been a faculty member at the Technion, where he is currently a Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

Prof. Gurfil has been conducting research in astrodynamics, distributed space systems, trajectory optimization, vision-aided navigation, and satellite dynamics and control.

Prof. Gurfil is Associate Editor of the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics; Associate Editor of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy; Associate Editor for Guidance and Control Systems of IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems; Editorial Board Member of Proc. of the iMECHe Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering; Editorial Board Member of the Chinese Journal of Aeronautics; Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics; Member of the International Astronomical Union;  and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a member of the European Commission Space Advisory Group, the Editor of the Elsevier Astrodynamics Book Series, a Member of the AIAA GN&C Technical Committee , a Member of the AAS Spaceflight Mechanics Technical Committee, a Member of the American Astronautical Society, an Affiliate Member of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society, and a member of Sigma Xi.

Prof. Gurfil is the PI of Technion’s SAMSON satellite project and a winner of  ERC Starting (2011) and Proof-of-Concept (2017) grants. He is currently the head of the Asher Space Research Institute, and the director of the Distributed Space Systems Lab.