The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Curtis Iwata

Curtis Iwata is a Ph.D. Student at ASDL at Georgia Tech. His passion is commercial and private spaceflight, but he also enjoys learning about other fields and discipline such as technology policy. He was born in Japan and grew up on a US military base until he moved to California for his undergrad. He enjoys cooking and traveling and occasionally playing the guitar and saxophone.

Research Interests

  • Logistics and supply chain modeling and analysis
  • Decision Support through data visualization and digital simulation
  • Discrete Event Simulation and surrogate modeling
  • Point-to-Point Suborbital spaceflight


  • B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2005, University of California Irvine
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2008, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Space Management, 2009, International Space University



  • John Salmon, Curtis Iwata, Dimitri Mavris, Neil Weston, Philip Fahringer, "Comparative Assessment and Decision Support System for Strategic

Military Airlift Capability", MODSIM World 2010 Conference & Expo, October 13 -15, 2010, Hampton, VA

Awards and Honors

  • 2008 JAXA scholarship recipient to the International Space University
  • 2010-2011 Sam Nunn Security Fellow for the Sam Nunn Security Program

Memberships and Service

  • Mars Society at Georgia Tech
    • Crew to the Mars Desert Research Station in 2007
    • Programs Director 2007-2008
    • University Rover Challenge Project Lead 2007-2008