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).


Jul 11, 2024 Gave a lightning talk on “Mass Wasting Events on Metallic Bodies like 16-Psyche” at NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) meeting.
Jun 22, 2024 Presented poster on “Magnetic Force Model for Mass-wasting events on Metallic Bodies like 16-Psyche” the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Granular Matter at Stonhill College, MA.
May 23, 2024 Participating in NASA JPL’s Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS) 2024 session 2 cohort for a Ceres lander mission concept study.
Mar 14, 2024 Presented preliminary results of mass-wasting events of metallic particles in uniform magnetic field at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2024) , Woodlands, Texas.
Jan 16, 2024 Selected as a Future Faculty Fellow in the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland.