• 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


Dr. Mark Costello is currently an associate professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering working in the area of flight mechanics, control, and air vehicle design. He is the Sikorsky Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Rotorcraft Technology at Georgia Tech. He has earned national recognition for a substantial research program in the development of innovative flight mechanics and controls technologies for a variety of flight vehicles, including rotorcraft, projectiles, parafoils, and unmanned air vehicles. He is the P.I. for a long standing joint research program with the Army Research Laboratory in the area of smart weapons and unmanned air vehicles. Findings from his group’s research endeavors are summarized in over 75 papers in archival journals, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, he was on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also worked as a research engineer in the Helicopter Division of the Boeing Company and at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and on the Editorial Board of the IMECHE Journal of Aerospace Engineering. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA as well as a member of AHS and ASME.


  • 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.