Anmol Sikka

an Aerospace Nerd trying to explore a little bit of the vastness of space


PhD Candidate

Aerospace Engineering

University of Maryland

College Park (MD)

I am an engineer, blogger, and aspiring researcher. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering - understanding planetary surfaces of new worlds. Presently, I am a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Hartzell’s Planetary Surfaces and Spacecraft Lab working on predicting surface morphology on metallic asteroids due to magnetic forces.

I like reading fiction, watching twitch streams, and writing space-related blogs in my free time. Occasionally, you can find me playing board games or light games on my switch. If I get out of the house, I am visiting a friend or a museum (being in the DC area helps :D).


Jun 20, 2023 Presented a poster on empirical model for force between paramagnetic particles in an uniform magnetic field at the Asteroids, Comets and Asteroids (2023) , Flagstaff, Arizona.
Feb 4, 2023 Participated in the Polymele Occultation Campaign with Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) for Lucy Mission.
Jul 15, 2022 Completed the Cornell SmallSat Mission Design School as the system engineer for the SmallSat to Image Zodiacal Light above Ecliptic (SIZLE) concept study.
Mar 9, 2022 Presented my work at Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2022) during the Near-Earth and Main-Belt Asteroids: Physical Characteristics and Surface Composition session.