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Terry J. Hart

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Position: Professor of Practice

Address: Packard Lab 368A
19 Memorial Dr. West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4173

Areas of Research

  • Dynamic Systems and Control


Terry Hart '68 is a former NASA astronaut, pilot, and successful telecommunications executive who joined Lehigh's faculty in 2004. He was aboard the STS 41-C Challenger, NASA's eleventh Space Shuttle mission, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 6, 1984. The Challenger crew members logged 168 hours in orbit above the earth and were the first astronauts to repair a satellite from the shuttle. Hart operated the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) that retrieved the Solar Maximum Satellite for repairs. He also acted as rendezvous navigator and filmed footage using an IMAX camera for a movie titled The Dream is Alive (1985). Terry has been a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, and has held various positions in industry including Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and President of Loral Skynet.

Hart is the holder of two patents for his previous work in noise suppression circuitry and safety devices for electronic power converters. His current research activities include spacecraft attitude determination and trajectory optimization and Lehigh's NASA Hopper Spacecraft Simulator project. Hart is also a FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and a member of AIAA, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. Honors and awards include induction into the Aviation Hall of Fame, the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, the Pride of Pennsylvania Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Lehigh University Alumni Award.


  • Hon. D., Lehigh University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University