Michael Steffens

Michael Steffens is a Research Engineer at the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and his master's and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He works in the Defense and Space Division leading research teams focused on autonomous systems, modeling and simulation, including hardware-in-the-loop, and systems of systems. Some of the projects he has led include communications constrained path planning for autonomous systems, guidance and navigation in GPS denied conditions for autonomous aerial systems, and design processes for unconventional unmanned aerial vehicles.

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • System of Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Operations Research


  • B.S., Engineering Physics, 2010, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Masters, Aerospace Engineering, 2014, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology