Stephen J. Paddack, PhD

Title: Retired Aerospace Engineer, Professor of Aerospace Engineering & Space Science
Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Stephen J. Paddack, PhD, Retired Aerospace Engineer and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Space Science, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in space science and aerospace engineering.

After witnessing one of the first space shuttle launches at a young age, Dr. Paddack was certain he wanted to pursue a career in space science. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled at the Catholic University of America, earning a Bachelor in Aeronautical Engineering. He remained there for four more years, attaining a Master in Aerospace Engineering in 1964. Later, in 1973, Dr. Paddack returned to his alma mater and acquired a Doctor of Philosophy.

Upon commencing his career as an aeronautical engineer with the Boeing Co., Dr. Paddack was then hired at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. For the first six years of his employment, he served the theoretical division, going on to work on spaceflight projects until 1981. From then until 1995, he excelled as the chief of the advanced missions analysis office. Deciding to relocate from NASA, Dr. Paddack became a professor and the NAVSPACE chair at the United States Naval Academy in 1995. In this role, he unearthed a passion for educating others, proceeding to continue doing so until 2011 at both the aforementioned institution and Georgetown University.

Outside of his primary ventures, Dr. Paddack has shared his industry insights by contributing numerous articles to professional journals, including the Journal of Geophysical Research and the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, among others. Likewise, he has been featured on multiple radio and podcast interviews. In 1995, he earned the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science from The Catholic University of America, which followed the Distinguished Service Award he was awarded in 1990. Reflecting on his many successes, Dr. Paddack considers one of the highlights of his career to be the scientific effect, YORP, being partially named in his honor. Notably, YORP is connected to the behavior of asteroids and its related research was published in the New York Times in 2007. As a further testament to his success, Dr. Paddack is featured in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East.

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