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Michael Littman
Michael Littman

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

B.A. Brandeis University (1972)
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977)

Room: D202A Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5198

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Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Louis Brandeis Scholar, 1972
  • Alfred Rheinstein '11 Faculty Award, 1982
  • The Franklin Institute, Honorary Life Member, 1989
  • Optical Society of America, Engineering Excellence Award, 2005
  • Optical Society of America, Fellow, 2010
  • SEAS Distinguished Teacher, 2015

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials


  • MAE511 Experimental Methods Laboratory
  • MAE548 Applications of Quantum Mechanics to Modern Optics and Spectroscopy
  • MAE412 Microprocessors for Measurement and Control
  • CHE404 Molecular Spectroscopy (jointly with D. McClure and W. Warren)
  • CEE102 Engineering in the Modern World
  • MAE433 Feedback Control Systems
  • EGR194 Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Math, Physics
  • EGR250 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
  • FRS108 Freshman Seminar entitled, “The Art and Science of Motorcycle Design”


Research Interests

Professor Littman's research interests include automatic controls, tunable laser design, and bio-mimic robotics. His principal research concerns the Terrestrial Planet Finder, a project involving design and control of a high contrast coronagraph.

Updated:: December 8, 2017