David Yaylali

Aerospace and Physics

Hello and welcome to my online CV, and portal of shameless self-promotion! I am a physicist and aerospace engineer working for the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. My day-to-day work involves analyzing rocket launches and orbital trajectories. It's fun work and I love what I do.

Previously I was a researcher in particle physics, focusing on the phenomenology of dark matter and extensions to the Standard Model of particle physics. I made my bones at Reed College (BA Physics), University of Hawaii (MS, PhD Physics), and University of Arizona (MS Aerospace Engineering).

Please feel free to contact me by email at: david.yaylali.deletethis@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by!

Academic Research

My MS aerospace research centered around the broad fields of astrodynamics and guidance, navigation, and control (GNC). Central topics that I focused on include

  • Spacecraft relative-orbit control
  • Cooperative and consensus control for multivehicle systems
  • Attitude dynamics and control for spacecraft
  • Monte-Carlo and deterministic techniques for integration and optimization.
Many of the controllers I have studied and developed involved fractional derivative and integral feedback terms to shape the system trajectory; the fractional calculus generalizes standard integer-order calculus in the sense that operations such as differentiation and integration can be taken to a non-integer order, e.g., $$D^{1}f(x) ~ \rightarrow ~ D^{1/2} f(x)$$ Thus the order of these fractional operators becomes a new tunable parameter which can be used to more freely shape the trajectory of a controlled system.

My Ph.D. and postdoc research focused on the phenomenology of dark matter, which has been indirectly observed and determined to make up ~80% of the matter content of our universe. My published research centers around methods to directly detect dark matter at particle accelerators, high-sensitivity underground detectors, and space-based telescopes.

Published research (in both physics and aerospace) can be found here.