WELCOME TO SPACECRAFT Dynamics control and navigation laboratorY

York universtiy



Spacecraft Dynamics Control and Navigation Laboratory (SDCNLab) was created by Prof. Jinjun Shan in July 2006. SDCNLab engages in cutting edge research projects in space engineering with the goal of contributing to the present and future space exploration and development missions. The laboratory encompasses expertise in design, analysis, simulation and experiments. The objective of the laboratory is to explore innovative concepts for the integration of future space systems and to train a generation of researchers and engineers in this field. Research at SDCNLab has been supported by government agencies, university and industry.

Lab members


Dr. Jinjun Shan, Professor of Space Engineering (Personnel Website or here)

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Ti Chen (August 2017 - )


Dr. Shiyuan Jia (August 2017 - )


Ph.D. Students

Hassan Alkomy (Jan. 2018 - )

  1. Research topic: Dynamics and control.


Samira Eshghi (Jan. 2018 - )

  1. Research topic: Dynamics and control.


Marc Savoie (Sept. 2015 - )

  1. Research topic: Dynamics modeling of piezoelectric materials.


M.Sc. Students

William Peng-Hai Zhao (Sept. 2018 - )

  1. Research topic: Control System Design


Ali Raza Syed (May 2018 - )

  1. Research topic: Navigation and Control of UAVs


Ganesh Ramkumar (Jan. 2017 - )

  1. Research topic: Dynamics and Control of Piezoactuators


Scott Judzentis (Sept. 2017 - )

Research topic: Vision-based navigation for UAV using Machine Learning


Visiting Scholars

Zeng Wang (Sept. 2018 - ): Xidian University




Dr. Zhi Li (2016-2017, now Humboldt Fellow at University of Magdeburg)

Dr. Yuan Ren (2011-2016, now at Huawei Shannon’s Lab)

Dr. Xiaogang Wang (2010 - 2012, now Associate Professor at HIT)


Ryan Orszulik (2013, now Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University)

Lei Liu (2016, now Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ryerson University)

Shawn Walker (September 2013 - October 2016)


Nicholas Bijnens (M.Sc. 2018)

Michael Voutsogiannakis (M.Sc. 2017)

Inseon Kim (M.Sc. 2014, now system engineer at Honeywell)

Ampere Kui (M.Sc. 2012, now software engineer at University of Leeds)

Mike Stachowsky (M.Sc. 2010, now engineering tutor at University of Waterloo)

Piotr Wenderski (M.Sc. 2009, now control engineer at EADS Astrium, Friedrichshafen, Germany)

Hua Lin (M.Sc. 2008, now senior optical engineer in Ottawa)

Visiting Scholars/Students

Dr. Chen Peng (September 2017 - September 2018)

Dr. Wenyan Zhou (March 2016 - September 2016)

Dr. Dongming Li (August 2015 - July 2016)

Dr. Haibin Shang (July 2015 - June 2016)

Chongyang Lyu (October 2014 - October 2015)

Bosen Jiang (March - September 2015)

Dr. Likun Liu (November 2013 - November 2014)

Dr. Jifeng Guo (November 2013 - October 2014)

Xiaobu Xue (October 2013 - May 2014)

Dr. Weipeng Li (November 2012 - February 2013)

Qian Sun (Ph.D., 2013-2015)

Yanfang Liu (Ph.D., 2012-2013)

Bo Luo (Visiting PhD student, 2012)

Open positions

SDCNLab welcomes strong candidates at post-doctoral, Ph.D., M.Sc., and undergraduate levels to work on various projects in the area of dynamics, control and navigation. Interested applicants please contact Prof. Shan at jjshan@yorku.ca or jjshan@sdcnlab.esse.yorku.ca.