Karman Fellow 2021
Associate Professor & Technology Development Director
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Skoltech
Alessandro Golkar is Associate Professor and Technology Development Director at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow, Russia. Skoltech is an international research university in Moscow, Russia, founded in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His research interests are in the field of space systems engineering. Prof. Golkar has contributed with seminal foundations in systems architecting, that is the field of research concerned in analyzing the key technical decisions that underlie the design and architecture of complex engineering systems. From April 2017-2019, Alessandro Golkar was on leave from Skoltech as Vice President Concurrent Engineering, part of the Leadership Team of Technology Planning and Roadmapping at AIRBUS CTO in Toulouse, France. In his Airbus role, he was part of the Leadership Team of Technology Planning and Roadmapping. Alessandro Golkar is also active in entrepreneurial activities. He is Member of the Board of Advisors of SpaceSense.AI, a startup company based in Paris, France, working on AI-enabled space data applications. He is Member of the Board of Advisors of Golbriak Space OÜ, working on optical intersatellite communication solutions for small satellite platforms. Alessandro Golkar is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has authored and co-authored over 100 publications in the field of space systems engineering, and systems architecture. He is Associate Editor of INCOSE Systems Engineering, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS). Alessandro Golkar pursued his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches degree at INT Toulouse (France), and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering at Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (Italy).