Brad St. Germain, Ph.D.

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Dr. St. Germain has managed and supported a wide range of space systems and architecture design activities for SpaceWorks’ government and commercial clients. He has a strong background in aerospace systems design, with specific disciplinary expertise in vehicle trajectory simulation, weight estimation and propulsion analysis.

As Director of Engineering for SpaceWorks, Dr. St. Germain is directly involved in all engineering projects conducted the within the company. Recent activities that Dr. St. Germain has either led or supported include hypersonic flight vehicle design and modeling activities, expendable launch vehicle analysis, a study of Reusable Booster Systems (RBS), analysis support for several emerging commercial space organizations, an examination and prioritization of horizontal launch system concepts, and the design of a commercial nano-satellite launch platform. Other past work while at SpaceWorks includes, a technology assessment activity for a Two Stage to Orbit (TSTO) Turbine-Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) launch vehicle, the design of various lunar exploration architecture concepts, the evaluation of a small payload class Earth-to-Orbit launch vehicle, and the development of both an in-space trajectory analysis tool and a parametric space vehicle weight estimation tool. Dr. St. Germain also leads many of the technology assessment activities conducted by SpaceWorks.

While at the Space Systems Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he developed an optimization technique for the performance and powerhead configuration of liquid rocket engines (Ph.D. Thesis), led various conceptual level launch vehicle and space systems design projects, and supported other research projects with propulsion/trajectory/weights & sizing analysis. Dr. St. Germain also has work experience obtained through positions at Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and NASA Langley Research Center.

Dr. St. Germain holds Doctoral and Master’s Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with a minor in Mathematics. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University. Dr. St. Germain is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee (STTC).