Colby Merrill

Graduate Student, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Colby (they/them/theirs) earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2022. They are currently working toward a PhD in Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Dynamics and Control at Cornell University. Colby is extremely passionate about research in planetary defense and has worked as a collaborator on the NASA DART Investigation Team and currently serves on the ESA Hera Science Team. Their research exists at the nexus of astrodynamics and planetary science with a focus on small body dynamics.