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  • 1105L Bevill
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Dr. Rajiv Doreswamy

Director, Space Technology and Engineering Research


  • 1105L Bevill
  • phone (205) 348-4997
  • Email


  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, 1986
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 1988
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama, 1999

Dr. Rajiv Doreswamy is director of space technologies and engineering research for the College of Engineering. In this role, he works across the College and other academic divisions to lead the development of a strategy and execution plan for the University in all areas of space exploration.

Rajiv had 35-year career at NASA, where he held positions in design engineering and program and project management. He most recently led the Exploration and Transportation Development Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. In this role, he was responsible for managing the MSFC’s efforts in key human exploration focus areas, including Commercial Crew Launch Vehicle Systems, the Orion Launch Abort System and Cross Program Systems Integration, as well as providing systems engineering support to the Artemis program and developing the architecture for future exploration programs focusing on the moon and Mars.

Rajiv has also served as the acting director of NASA’s Space Grant Program. Space Grant is NASA’s flagship STEM education program. With a budget of more than $60 million, it supports 52 consortia in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Dr. Doreswamy has designed, qualified and deployed systems and hardware supporting both human and robotics space flight programs.

He was the founding Co-Chair for the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, and Air Force (JANNAF), Interagency Progammatic and Industrial Base Executive Committee.

Rajiv is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and holds numerous awards from NASA, including several Silver Achievement Medals.

Affiliated Areas
Dean’s Office, Office of Associate Dean of Research and Economic Development

Selected Publications

  • Robert Erickson, Michael Moore, Brad Perkins, Rajiv Doreswamy, et. al. “National Institute of Rocket Propulsion Systems Tool Development for Domestic Propulsion System Industrial Base Modeling and Analysis.” Proceedings of the AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, Pasadena, California, 2015
  • Rajiv Doreswamy and Brad Perkins. “The National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems: A Status Report” Panel Discussion Presentation. Proceedings of the Defense Manufacturing Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2014
  • Rajiv Doreswamy and Emma K. Fry. “2013 U.S. Propulsion Industrial Base Health Metrics Survey Preliminary Results.” Proceedings of the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition, San Diego, California, 2013

Awards and Honors

  • Small Business Technical Support Person of the Year, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Small Business Program, 2019
  • National Defense Industrial Association, Tennessee Valley Chapter, Management Award for Significant Contributions to the Defense of the United States of America, 2016

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