Marcello Romano is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Since April 2022, he holds a ‘direct call’ Professorship in Space Systems Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He earned his Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering (2001) and Laurea degree in Aerospace Engineering (1997) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Between 2001 and 2003 he was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, before joining the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2004. Marcello has held visiting positions at the Technical University of Munich (2012), Stanford University (2018) and NASA Ames Research Center (2018).
His areas of research include astrodynamics, orbital robotics, guidance, control, and space systems engineering. He has published more than fifty journal publications, owns eight awarded patents, and has authored an upcoming textbook on Orbital Space Robotics.
In 2019, Marcello was elected an Academician in the International Academy of Astronautics. He is the recipient of the 2020 Patti Grace Smith Award of the American Astronautical Society, and the 2021 and 2006 Carl and Jesse Menneken Awards. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).