Chief Scientific Officer

B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 1963, the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama, Huntsville in 1970, and Ph.D. in Mechanics and Structures from University of California, Los Angeles in 1976.


1963-1965: Engineer, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Huntsville, AL. Control Design of NASA's air bearing Space Vehicle Attitude Motion Simulator. Thrust-vector contra schemes for large rocket engines.  1965-1975: Sperry Rand Corporation, Huntsville, AL.   Head of Controls Research and Development Section of Sperry Rand Corporation, Space Support Division; Attitude controls for spacecraft; SKYLAB's Solar Observatory; High Energy Astronomy Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope.  1975-1978: Assistant Professor, Purdue University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  1978-1982: Associate Professor, Purdue University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1982-1996 Professor, Purdue University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  1991-1996: Director, Structural Systems and Control Laboratory 2000-2002, UCSD, Director Aerospace Program (interdepartmental program), Daniel L. Alspach Professor of Dynamics and Control, UCSD 2009-  Professor Emeritus, UCSD.

Professional Memberships

Member National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB), 1983-1988.  National Research Council
as hoc committee on NASA-University Relationships in Aero/Apace Engineering, 1984-85.  Member, External Independent Readiness Review Committee, (EIRR) 1997-1999, (2nd and 3rd Servicing Missions for the Hubble Space Telescope). Associate Editor, Mathematical Modelling of Systems, published by Swets and Zeitlinger, the Netherlands, 1994-2004.     Associate Editor,
Mathematical Problems in Engineering, published by Gordon and Breach Publishing Group, U.S.A., 1994-2004.  Associate Editor, Journal of  Systems & Control Engineering, 1998-2004.  Actual Problems of Aviation and Aerospace Systems, Russian-American Scientific Journal, ISSN 1727-6853, Kazan, Russia Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Fellow 1995). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fellow 1990). Automatic Control Society, IEEE, Vice Chairman of Applications Technical Committee, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), (1989-1994).
Awards and Honors

Member National Academy of Engineering 2012, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award 2011, NASA Appreciation Award for service to the Hubble repair missions 2005, Distinguished Engineer Award, EE University Alabama Huntsville 2003, Distinguished Lecturer Award University of Maryland 1999, Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers 1999, Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 1995,  Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 1990.  Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior U.S. Scientist Award, 1991.  Russell Severance Springer Chair, University of California Berkeley 1991, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award 1986,  SKYLAB Achievement Award from James Fletcher, Administrator NASA 1974.  ORBIT Award, Sperry Rand Corp., 1970.  Walter Merit Riggs Award (1963, Clemson University).  Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Teaching, United States Marine Corps, 1960.

Books Published:

Skelton, R.,  D.  H.  Owens  (Editors)  "Model Error Concepts and Compensation"  Pergamon  Press  1986.  Skelton,  R.  "Dynamic
Systems Control", John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1988. Skelton, R. E., T. Iwasaki, and K. Grigoriadis, "A Unified Algebraic Approach to Control Design", Taylor and Francis, London, ISBN 07484 0592 5, 1996. Skelton, R.E. and Mauricio de Oliveira "Tensegrity Sytesms", Springer, 2009.

Journal Papers

de Oliveira, M., Vera, C., Valdez, P., Sharma, Y., Skelton, R., Sung, A., "Network Nano-mechanics of the Erythrocyte Membrane Skeleton in Equibiaxial Deformation", Biophysical Journal, 2009.  Vera, C., Skelton, R., Bossens, R., Sung, A., "3D Nanomechanics of an Erythrocyte Junctional Complex in Equibiaxial and Anistropic Deformations", Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Vol 33, No. 10, pp 1387-1404, 2005.  Faming, L., de Oliveira, M., Skelton, R., "Integrating Information Architecture and Control or Estimation Design", SICE Journal of Control, Measurement and System Integration, Vol 1, No. 2, pp 120-128, March 2008.  Wroldsen, A., de Oliveira, M., Skelton, R., "Modeling and Control of Non-minimal Nonlinear Realizations of Tensegrity Systems", International Journal of Control, Vol 82, No. 3, pp 389-407, 2009.  Skelton, R., de Oliveira, M., "Optimal Complexity of Deployable Compressive Structures", Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol 347, No. 1, pp 228-256, Feb 2010.  Skelton, R., de Oliveira, M., "Optimal Tensegrity Structures in Bending: The Discrete Mitchell Truss", Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol 357, No 1, pp 257-283, Feb 2010.  Nagase, K., and Skelton, R., "Double Helix Tensegrity Structures", The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Vol 55 (2014) No. 1 March n. 179. Nagase, K., and Skelton, R. "Double Helix Tensegrity Structures" AIAA Journal, to appear 2014.


President, CEO and Chief Designer 

Masters Degree and Diploma in Architecture from Cambridge University, and studied landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Licensed in the U.K. as a registered architect in 1977. 


U.K.  1976-1977: Draughtsman, G.B.A. Williams Partnership. 1977-1979: Architect, Greater London Council Architects Department, Remodeling and Landscape Division. 1979-1981: Architect. Andrew P. Blenkinsop Architects. 

U.S.A.   1981:  Founded Anthony Longman Design in Eagle Rock, CA. delivering high end residential design serves in the Los Angeles area. 1989: Founded Previews Digital Imaging to provide 3D CAD based high fidelity architectural photo composite imaging services. 1991-2000: Expanded services to include revisualization and effects in the motion picture industry and in litigation graphics animations. 2008-present: Research into space habitat design. 2013: Founded Skyframe Research & Development, Inc. to promote the development of rotating tensegrity space habitats endowed with the capacity for extended cyclical growth, for the support of human habitation in space.

Habitable real estate for the human future in space