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Andrew Rhodes
Teaching Assistant Professor


Dr. Andrew Rhodes is a Teaching Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. His teaching discipline is in the areas of spacecraft dynamics, spacecraft propulsion, spacecraft design, and orbital mechanics. His other teaching interest include automatic controls and dynamics.

Dr. Rhodes is the faculty advisor to the Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration (SPACE). He is also the faculty advisor for the Astronautical Capstone MAE 486/487 team that competes in the NASA Sponsored RASC-AL competition. The WVU RASC-AL team was selected to compete in the 2022 RASC-AL Forum with their design of the LEAD PUP.

Dr. Rhodes received dual bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at WVU. He was a three-year member of the Pride of West Virginia, Mountaineer Marching Band, playing the sousaphone. He was a member of the WVU Steel Drum Ensemble for 18 semesters playing the spiderweb lead steel pan. He returned to WVU for his graduate studies as a member of Applied Space Exploration Lab (ASEL) where he researched computer vision topics including object detection and description in 3D point clouds. Dr. Rhodes also competed in the WV Collegiate Business Plan Competition, winning top prize, and receiving grant money to start his business, The Neighborhood Kombuchery.

Teaching Interests

  • Spacecraft Design
  • Spacecraft Dynamics
  • Spacecraft Propulsion
  • Orbital Mechanics
  • Automatic Controls


  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, WVU
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, WVU
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, WVU