Faculty and Staff / Michele Faragalli

Michele Faragalli

Adjunct Research Professor

    Degrees:PhD Mechanical Engineering, McGill University,,M.Eng Mechanical Engineering, Mcgill University, MSc. Space Sciences, International Space University, B.Eng Mechanical Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland


    Dr. Michele Faragalli is the Space Exploration and Advanced Technologies Manager at Mission Control Space Services, a startup located on the Carleton University campus. Concurrently, Dr. Faragalli is also an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University and is a member of the Queen’s University Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department Industry-Academic Advisory Committee.

    Dr. Faragalli’s research expertise and interests are diverse, spanning artificial intelligence to enhance the autonomy of unmanned systems, off-road mobility and terramechanics, space and planetary exploration, multidisciplinary and structural optimization and mechanical, structural and thermal design, analysis and qualification of electro-mechanical systems for rugged environments. His research experience in the field of planetary rover mobility includes implementing terramechanics models for JAXA rovers, developing intelligent algorithms and advanced state estimation techniques for a legged robot for DRDC, developing a multi-level sequential optimization approach for the design of planetary vehicle wheels, contributing technically to the design, development and testing of several CSA rover prototypes.

    Dr. Faragalli has broad experience leading both interdisciplinary and mechanical engineering teams from concept to production of electro-mechanical products for military, aeronautical and space applications. Dr. Faragalli has held technical, leadership and business development positions in a diversity of workplaces spanning academia, small and medium enterprises, space agencies, large multi-national corporations and startup. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Space Studies from the International Space University and a B. Eng from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

    Research themes: Space Robotics & Systems Research, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Intelligent Aircraft Systems and Avionics

    Research Interests:

    • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
    • Space Mission Architecture
    • Aerospace Systems Designs
    • Planetary and Space Exploration
    • Off-road Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Mobility
    • Unmanned systems and mobile robotics
    • Structural and topology optimization