Dr. Pat Patterson

Dr. Pat Patterson, Space Dynamics Laboratory Dr. Patterson is the Director of Advanced Concepts at Utah State University’s (USU) Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) in Logan, UT. With nearly 30 years of experience in the space industry, Dr. Patterson has a distinctive and broad history in space systems engineering for upper atmospheric research, small satellites, and planning and directing mission operations.

Dr. Patterson has supported multiple space sensor, sounding rocket, and spacecraft programs through systems engineering and program management. Dr. Patterson’s doctoral research was based on the rocket flights of the Coupling of Dynamics and Aurora (CODA) I and II science missions launched from Poker Flat, Alaska, where he investigated the effects of disturbances caused by sounding rockets on the measurement of atomic oxygen using the resonant fluorescence technique in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.

Dr. Patterson is the Chairman of the Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Other roles include membership on the AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee, the Technical Committee for the European Space Agency 4S Symposium, and the Scientific Program Committee for the IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation. He also serves as an Industrial Advisory Committee member for USU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Dr. Patterson earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Space Systems Engineering) at USU.