Masataka Okutsu, Ph.D.

Masataka Okutsu
Assistant Professor of Engineering, Engineering
Office Phone
Office Location
Rydal Building, 217
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001

    Biographical Sketch

    Dr. Masataka (“Masa”) Okutsu received his Ph.D. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University, where he also served as a postdoctoral researcher and a course instructor. Later, he has taught as Clinical Assistant Professor (a non-tenure-track teaching faculty) at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. In 2017, Dr. Okutsu joined Penn State Abington as Assistant Professor of Engineering. 

    Courses Taught 

    Penn State Abington 
    Thermodynamics (ME300); Introduction to Thermal Science (ME201); Dynamics (EMCH212); Cornerstone Engineering Design (EDSGN100) 

    The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 
    Aerospace Design (ME554); Introduction to Flight Dynamics (ME552); Senior Capstone Design/Project (ME441/442); Differential Equations (ENGR222); Introduction to Computer Programming with MATLAB (CSC113) 

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 
    Introduction to Aerospace Design (AAE251) 


    1. Li, L., Lay, K., and Okutsu, M., (2021). “Preliminary Thermal Validation Tests for Education-Class CubeSats and Weather-Balloon Payloads.” Journal of Small Satellites, Vol. 10, No. 01, pp. 983–993. 
    2. Franqui, A., Seufert, S. and Okutsu, M., (2019). Seismic Investigation of Icy Crust Covering Subsurface Oceans of Europa and Ganymede: Preliminary Assessment of Hypothetical Experiment Using Impactor. Acta Astronautica, pp. 170-178. 
    3. Lloyd, S., Jeong, C., and Okutsu, M., “Numerical Investigation on the Feasibility of Estimating the Thickness of Europa’s Ice Shell by a Planned Impact,” Journal of Aerospace Engineering (ASCE) 29 (2016). doi:
    4. Okutsu, M., Landau, D. F., Rogers, B. A., Longuski, J. M., “Low-Thrust Roundtrip Trajectories to Mars with One-Synodic-Period Repeat Time,” Acta Astronautica, Vol. 110, 2015, pp. 191-205. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.01.006
    5. Okutsu, M., Yam, C. H., Longuski, J. M., and Strange, N. J., “Cassini Saturn-Escape Trajectories to Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune,” Acta Astronautica, Vol. 79, 2012, pp. 157-167. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.04.034 
    6. Okutsu, M., DeLaurentis, D. A., Brophy, S. P., and Lambert, J. B., “Teaching Aerospace Engineering Design Course via Virtual World: Comparative Assessment of Learning Outcomes,” Computers and Education, Vol. 60, 2013, pp. 288-298.  doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2012.07.012 
    7. Chen, K. J., Rogers, B. A., Okutsu, M., Landau, D. F., and Longuski, J. M., “Low-Thrust Aldrin Cycler with Reduced Encounter Velocities,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 49, No. 5, 2012. doi: 10.2514/1.A32109 
    8. Okutsu, M. and Longuski, J. M., “Mars Free Returns via Gravity Assist from Venus,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 9, No.1, 2002. doi: 10.2514/2.3778