Alumni Profile

Richard Linares

Alumnus Richard Linares, now a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, works with PhD student Peng Mun Siew on solving a tracking problem.

“Working with Prof. Crassidis was a big plus. John is a well recognized researcher and highly respected in the field. Working with him allowed me to perform on the frontier of research problems that put me in a good position when I graduated.””
Richard Linares
PhD ’14, MS ’10, BS ’09, mechanical and aerospace engineering

Richard Linares (PhD ’14, MS ’10, BS ’09) has had space debris on his mind for nearly a decade: as a student working with mechanical and aerospace engineering professor John Crassidis; as an employee protecting military satellites at CUBRC; as a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota (where he works now); and most recently, as a recipient of the U.S. Air Force’s prestigious 2018 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award.

At UB, Linares was a member of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). In 2011, he was also the first student principal investigator for Crassidis’s GLADOS (GLint Analyzing Data Observation Satellite) team—a nanosatellite project that gathers data on space debris.