Kaela Martin

Title
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Email
Department
Aerospace Engineering Department
College
College of Engineering
Kaela Martin

Dr. Martin joined the Aerospace Engineering Department faculty in 2015 where she teaches and conducts research in the area of astrodynamics and engineering education.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University-Main Campus
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University-Main Campus
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Iowa State University

AE 313, AE 325, AE 326, AE 427, AE 445, EP 394, EGR 101, SYS 301, UNIV 101


Journal Publications

K. Martin and J. M. Gallimore, “Flipping Space Mechanics: Comparing Flipped and Non-Flipped Space Mechanics Classrooms,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 1615-1624, 2020.

K. Martin, D. Landau, J. Longuski, Method to maintain artificial gravity during transfer maneuvers, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 120, pp. 138-153, 2016.

K. Martin and J. Longuski, Minimizing Velocity Pointing Errors for Spinning, Thrusting Spacecraft via Heuristic Thrust Profiles, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 52, No. 6, pp. 1745-1750, 2015.

M. Ayoubi, K. Martin, and J. Longuski, Analytical Solution for Spinning Thrusting Spacecraft with Transverse Ramp-Up Torques, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 1272-1282, 2014.

Conference Papers

Martin, K. M., Miskioglu, E., Noble, C., McIntyre, A., Bolton, C., and Carberry, A. R., “Predicting and Evaluating Engineering Problem Solving (PEEPS): Instrument Development,” Research in Engineering Education Symposium & Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Dec. 5-8, 2021.

Somavarapu, D. H., Landon, P., Busato, J., Kaiser, M., Martin, K., Miskioglu, E., Guzzetti, D., “Virtual-Reality-Based Astrodynamics Applications using A-Frame: A Tutorial,” Space-Flight Mechanics Meeting, Aug. 9-11, 2021.

Miskioglu, E. E., Martin, K. M., Carberry, A., “Is it Rocket Science or Brain Science? Developing an Approach to Measure Engineering Intuition,” ASEE 2021, July 28 – Aug. 1, 2021.

Busato, J., Miskioglu, E. E., Martin, K. M., Guzzetti, D., “Introducing Chaos in Elementary School; A Precursor for Multi-body Dynamics”, ASEE 2021, July 28 – Aug. 1, 2021.

Bolton, C., Aaron, C., Martin, K. M., Carberry, A., Miskioglu, E. E., “Practicing Engineers’ Definition of Their Expertise: Emergent Themes and Frequency by Gender Identity and Role Change,” ASEE 2021, July 28 – Aug. 1, 2021.

Martin, K. M., Fernandez, T. M., Mangum, R., “Work in Progress: Examining Engineering Seniors Students’ Perception of Justice and Fairness of Grading Practices,” ASEE 2021, July 28 – Aug. 1, 2021.

Kaiser, M. A., Landon, P. D., Martin, K. M., Miskioglu, E., Somavarapu, D., and Guzzetti, D., “Teaching the Moonshot: Getting There and Back with Multi-Body Dynamics,” ASCEND 2020, Nov. 16-18, 2020.

Aaron, C., Miskioglu, E., Martin, K. M., Shannon, B., and Carberry, A., “Nurses, Managers, and Engineers – Oh My! Disciplinary Perceptions of Intuition and Its Role in Expertise Development,” Frontiers in Education 2020, Oct. 21 -24, 2020.

Booth, B., Martin, K. M., and Miskioglu, E. E., “WIP: Intuiting Intuition through First-Year Interviews,” 2020 ASEE Annual Conference, June 22-26, 2020.

Miskioglu, E. E., Martin, K. M., and Carberry, A., “WIP: Experts’ Perception of Engineering Intuition,” 2020 ASEE Annual Conference, June 22-26, 2020.

Fernadez, T. M., Martin, K. M., Mangum, R., Bell-Hff, C., “Whose Grade is it Anyway? Transitioning Engineering Courses from Points Centric to Specifications Grading System,” 2020 ASEE Annual Conference, June 22-26, 2020.

Bolton, C., Martin, K. M., and Miskioglu, E. M., “Motivation and Identity: The Impact of Identity on Recovering from Failure,” 2020 ASEE Annual Conference, June 22-26, 2020.

Martin, K. M., Esse, S., and Miskioglu, E. M., “Failure is Not an Option: A Simulation Tool to Develop Engineering Intuition and Boost Success in Orbital Mechanics,” SciTech 2020, Orlando, FL, Jan. 6-10, 2020.

Martin, K. M., Minkoff, T., Landon, P., Gray, B., and Landau, D., “Julia Language 1.1 Ephemeris Reader and Gravitational Modeling Program for Solar System Bodies,” SciTech 2020, Orlando, FL, Jan. 6-10, 2002.

Miskioglu, E. E., and Martin, K. M., “Is it Rocket Science or Brain Science? Developing an Instrument to Measure ‘Engineering Intuition’,” 2019 ASEE Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, June 15 – 19, 2019.

Martin, K. M., Mangum, R., and Battaglia, D., “Giving Students Choice in their Capstone Experience,” 2019 ASEE Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, June 15 – 19, 2019.

Bolton, C., Martin, K. M., and Miskioglu, E. E., “WIP: Using Critical Incident Technique to Illuminate the Relationship between Engineering Identity and Academic Motivation”, 2019 ASEE Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, June 15 – 19, 2019.

Cunningham, C. S., Martin, K. M., and Miskioglu, E. E., “WIP: Comparing Creativity and the Perception of Creativity of First-Year and Senior Engineering Students,” 2019 ASEE Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, June 15 – 19, 2019.

Martin, K. M., Miskioglu, E. E., and Czyz, M., “Houston, We Don’t Have a Problem: Designing Tools to Develop Intuition,” 2019 PSW ASEE Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 4-6, 2019.

Martin, K. M., Mihaylov, J., Spear, R., and Landau, D., “Julia Language 1.0 Ephemeris and Physical Constants Reader for Solar System Bodies,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Kaanapali, HI, Jan. 13-17, 2019.

Martin, K. M., Landau, D., Campagnola, S., McElrath, T., “Automating Tour Design with Application for Europa Lander,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Kaanapali, HI, Jan. 13-17, 2019.

Miskioglu, E. E., and Martin, K. M., “Work in Progress: Got Intuition? Exploring Student Intuition in Response to Technology-aided Problem Solving,” ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 24-27, 2018.

Martin, K. M., and Gallimore, J. M., “It’s Not Rocket Science: The Flipped Classroom in Space Mechanics,” ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 24-27, 2018.

Martin, K. M., and Gallimore, J. M., “Flipping Space Mechanics: Comparing a Traditional and Less Traditional Classroom,” SciTech 2018, Kissimmee, FL, Jan. 8-12, 2018.

Martin, K. M., Mihaylov, J., Spear, R., and Landau, D., “Julia Language Ephemeris and Physical Constants Reader for Solar System Bodies,” SciTech 2018, Kissimmee, FL, Jan. 8-12, 2018.

Miskioglu, E. E., and Martin, K. M., “Identifying Factors That Aid Students in Developing Engineering Intuition,” 2017 AiChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 29 - Nov. 3, 2017.

Martin, K. M., and Battaglia, D. M., “Recapping Class Content with Student Video Responses,” 2017 ASEE Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, June 24-28, 2016.

Miskioglu, E. E., and Martin, K. M., “Is the Answer Reasonable or Ridiculous? Common Factors among Students Who Display High Engineering Intuition on Technology-aided Solutions,” 2017 ASEE Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, June 24-28, 2016.

Battaglia, D., Sampigethaya, K., Almagambetov, A., Andalibi, M., Groh, T., Martin, K., Pavlina, M., Siewert, S., and Boettcher, A., J. M., “Integrating Research into Undergraduate Courses: Experiences from a Multi-Disciplinary Faculty Learning Community.” ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference, Cedar City, UT, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2016.

Martin, K., Benavides, J., and Yale, G., "Examples of Systems Engineering in an Undergraduate Astronautics Program," SPACE 2016, Long Beach, CA, Sept. 13-16, 2016.

Miskioglu, E. E., and Martin, K. M., “Reasonable or Ridiculous? Engineering Intuition in Simulations.” 2016 ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.

K. Marin and D. Battataglia, Have a Seat! Understanding the Effects of Classroom Seating on Rapport, Immediacy, and Learning, Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Newport Beach, CA, Feb. 18-16, 2016.

K. Martin and J. Longuski, Minimization of Velocity Pointing Errors for Spinning, Thrusting Spacecraft Using Cubic Thrust Profiles, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, San Diego, CA, Aug. 4 – 7, 2014. AIAA Paper 2014-4453.

K. Martin and J. Longuski, Heuristic Suboptimal Solutions to Reduce Velocity Pointing Errors for Spinning, Thrusting Spacecraft, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Hilton Head, SC, Aug. 11 – 15, 2013. AAS Paper 13-582.

M. Ayoubi, K. Martin, and J. Longuski,   Analytical Solution of the Motion of Spinning Thrusting Spacecraft with Transverse Ramp-Up Torques, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 13 – 16, 2012. AIAA Paper 2012-5015.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Associate Professor, 2020 - present

Assistant Professor, 2015 - 2020

Teach courses in astronautics area of aerospace engineering. Duties included designing course curriculum (developing lectures, homework, and exams), teaching curriculum, managing grader, holding office hours, and advising students. Incorporated active learning, flipped learning, team-based learning, specifications grading, and POGIL into the classroom. Served on various committees and completed research projects in trajectory design as well as engineering education.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Visiting Researcher, 2016, 2017, 2018

Responsible for converting and optimizing code to an open source platform which finds optimal low thrust trajectories based on user-defined constraints. Computed low thrust trajectories at Mars for cargo missions to support human operations on Mars and NEA Scout. Designed fly-by tour of Jupiter's Moons for Europa Lander.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

American Astronautical Society (AAS)

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


COE Researcher of the Year, 2020

Distinguished Faculty Award, 2019

Teaching Innovation Award, 2018

Outstanding Faculty Award, 2017

Faculty Research Development Program Award, 2015-2020

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010 – 2015