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Lichtenberg, Sc.D.

Phone: 903.233.3954
Email: ByronLichtenberg@letu.edu

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Program Coordinator, Senior Design Project


  • Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
  • Sc.B., Brown University, 1969



LeTourneau University

Program Coordinator, Master of Engineering Management


LeTourneau University

Visiting Scholar, Engineering and Engineering Technology


Federal Aviation Administration

Part 142 Flight School B-737 Type Rating Instructor


Southwest Airlines

Commercial Airline Captain


Zero Gravity Corporation

President, Chief Technical Officer


Payload Systems, Inc.

Founder, President and Chief Scientist



Payload Specialist


Massachusetts Air National Guard

Fighter Pilot


U.S. Air Force

Fighter Pilot

Courses Taught

ENGR 1513 – Introduction to Engineering Practice

ENGR 2704 – Project Management, Design, and Entrepreneurship

ENGR 4813/4823 – Senior Design

ENGR 4951/4952 – Junior Design

ENGR 4993 – Spacecraft Design and Operation

ENGR  5103 – Engineering Systems Analysis (Graduate Course)

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around aerospace design, research and scientific investigations.  This comes from my years as a fighter pilot, commercial airline pilot and Payload Specialist Astronaut.  Additionally, I am very interested in the integration of engineering and business as they relate to entrepreneurship.  I have started multiple companies (Payload Systems, Omega Aerospace, Zero-Gravity Corporation) and non-profits (International Space University -first curriculum designer, Association of Space Explorers, and the X-Prize Foundation).  I was the first program coordinator and developer of the Master of Engineering Management degree program in the School of Business.


My wife, daughter, and future son-in-law graduated from LeTourneau so it is really a “family affair” for me.  I believe God has total control and has directed me to teach at LeTourneau.  Being a Professor at LeTourneau lead me to being selected by NASA to be the Chairman of a Standing Review Board to provide independent assessments of the Commercial Crew Program.  This program is the first human space transportation system to be developed using firm fixed price contracts with Boeing and Space X.

Selected Publications

Lichtenberg, Byron, A new breed of space traveler, New Scientist, 23 August, 1984  Vol 103, No 1418, 8-9.

Lichtenberg, B., Diamandis, P., Cronise, R., Mahaffey, M., System for converting jet aircraft to parabolic flight operations, Patent #5,971,319, Oct 26, 1997.

Oman, C. M., B. K. Lichtenberg, K. E. Money and R. K. McCoy. (1986). M.I.T./Canadian vestibular experiments on the Spacelab-1 mission: 4. Space motion sickness: symptoms, stimuli, and predictability. Exp Brain Res, 64(2): 316-34.

Lichtenberg, Byron K.  De Luca, Carlo J.,  Distinguishability of Functionally Distinct Evoked Neuroelectric Signals on the Surface of a Nerve, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering,  BME-26 Issue: 4, April 1979, 228 – 237.

White, C., Lichtenberg, B.,Keener, E., Griscom, C., Jhaveri, P., LetSat: A GPU Technology Demonstrator and AI Navigation System, presented a 2018 Cubesat Developers Workshop, Cal Poly, May 1, 2018.

White, C., Lichtenberg, B., Keener, E., Griscom, C., Jhaveri, P., LetSat: A GPU Technology Demonstrator and AI Navigation System, Paper # 10769-34 SPIE Optical Engineering +Applications, presentation date 22 August 2018.