Roberto Furfaro is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, and Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. In 1998, he graduated cum laude with a Laurea degree in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Rome. In 2004, he obtained a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Arizona. In 2010, he founded the UA Space Systems Engineering Lab which he currently directs. His research interests include guidance and control of space systems, intelligent algorithms for space exploration, remote sensing of planetary bodies as well as model-based systems engineering as applied to space missions. Prof. Furfaro is the Ground Segment Systems Engineer of the NASA OSIRIS REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission and leads the systems engineering team for the mission science data processing and operations. Since the beginning of 2013, Prof. Furfaro has been appointed as technical member of the American Astronautical Society Spaceflight Mechanics Committee.