Maruthi Akella is a Professor with the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin where he currently holds the E.P. Schoch Endowed Professorship in Engineering. Dr. Akella’s research program encompasses control theoretic investigations of nonlinear and coordinated systems, vision-based sensing for state estimation, and development of integrated human and autonomous multi-vehicle systems. He is faculty lead for the Controls, Autonomy, and Robotics Area within the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department at UT Austin and is currently directing the Controls Lab for Distributed and Uncertain Systems (C-DUS Lab). He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering in 1998 from Texas A&M University and prior to joining the UT Austin faculty, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Yale University Center for Systems Science. Dr. Akella serves as Technical Editor (Space Systems area) for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES). He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGCD) and the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences (JAS). For his far-reaching contributions to the field of attitude estimation and control, Dr. Akella was presented the prestigious Mechanics and Control of Flight Award by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award for his seminal work on the application of adaptive control for space systems. Dr. Akella holds the title of IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and IEEE Senior Member.