• Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1992
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1987

Research Areas and Descriptors

  • The Costello Research Group works at the intersection of air vehicle flight mechanics, flight control, and aerospace system design with specific focus on the following:

    • Understanding the dynamic behavior of new air vehicle configurations
    • Creating new physical control mechanisms for air vehicles
    • Creating new, highly integrated air vehicle sensor systems
    • Developing advanced flight control systems


Professor Mark Costello serves as the William R.T. Oakes Professor and School Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is responsible for leadership of the school as well as all administration and financial management of the department. Previously, he was posted at the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA where he served as a program manager. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Costello served as the David Lewis Professor of Autonomy in Georgia Tech's schools of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, where he taught and mentored students in the areas of dynamics, controls, and design. His research team is noted for creating innovative new technologies such as, for example, robotic landing gear for rotorcraft, bleed air control of parafoils, and direct impact control of smart projectiles. This research has led to the formation of start-up companies including Earthly Dynamics and Persimia Corporations. Dr. Costello holds degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State (B.S.) and Georgia Tech (M.S. and Ph.D.). He is an ASME Fellow and AIAA Associate Fellow.


  • Associate Fellow of the AIAA

Representative Publications

M. Ward, M. Costello, N. Slegers. 2010. “On the Benefits of In-Flight System Identification for Autonomous Airdrop Systems,”Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol33, No 5.

J. Rogers, M. Costello. 2010. “Design of a Roll-Stabilized Mortar Projectile with Reciprocating Canards,”Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol 33, No 4, pp 1026-1034 .

N. Slegers, J. Rogers, M. Costello, M. Puga, P. Arons. 2009. “Modeling the Risk of a Failed Wind Turbine Blade Impacting a Power Transmission Line,” Wind Engineering, Vol 33, No 6, pp 587-606.

J. Rogers, M. Costello. 2009. “A Variable Stability Projectile Using an Internal Moving Mass,” Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G, pp 927-938.

J. Rogers, M. Costello. 2009. “Cantilever Beam Design for Projectile Internal Moving Mass Systems,”Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol 131, No 5.