Faculty Profile

Michael F Lembeck

Aerospace Engineering
Michael F Lembeck
Michael F Lembeck
Professor of Practice
206C Talbot Laboratory MC 236
104 S. Wright
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-8009

Primary Research Area

  • Space Systems

Research Interests

  • Applications of machine learning to space exploration systems problems
  • Low cost, high performance CubeSat systems development

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Velinsky, S.A. and Lembeck, M.F. "Design of Wire Rope Based Mechanical Systems in an Expert System Environment." Engineering with Computers, 6, 1990.
  • Butler, P.B., Lembeck, M.F., and Krier, H.K. "Modelling of Shock Development and Transition to Detonation Initiated by Burning in Porous Propellant Beds." Combustion and Flame, Vol 46-1, April 1982.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Reiley, K., Burghardt, M., Wood, M., Ingham, J., and Lembeck, M.F. ￿Preliminary Design of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System.￿ AIAA Space 2012, Pasadena, CA., Sept 11-Sep 13, 2012.
  • Reiley, K., Burghardt, M., Wood, M., Ingham, J., and Lembeck, M.F. ￿Design Considerations for a Commercial Crew Transportation System.￿ AIAA Space 2011, Long Beach, CA., Sept 27-Sep 29, 2011.
  • Reiley, K., Burghardt, M., Ingham, J., and Lembeck, M.F. ￿CST-100 Commercial Space Transportation System.￿ AIAA Space 2010, Anaheim, CA., Aug 30-Sep 2, 2010.
  • Haughey, B. and Lembeck, M.F. ￿Defining Affordable Remote Sensing Systems.￿ IAF Specialists Symposium on Novel Concepts for Smaller, Faster, & Better Space Missions, Redondo Beach, CA, April 19-21, 1999.
  • Lembeck, M.F. "Fuzzy Logic Control of the Commercial Refrigeration/Incubation Module (CRIM)." AIAA Computers in Aerospace IX, AIAA#93-4613, San Diego, CA, October 19-21,1993.
  • Cesarone, J. and Lembeck, M.F. "ISTARS: Knowledge Driven Crop Growth Analysis and Management." Sixth IASTED International Conference on Expert Systems Theory and Applications, Long Beach, CA, December 14-16, 1989.
  • Sivier, K.R. and Lembeck, M.F. "Marsplane Design Studies.￿ National Space Society 8th Annual Space Development Conference, Chicago, IL, May 26-29, 1989.
  • Groundwater, E.H., Lembeck, M.F., and Sarsfield, L. "Development of An Expert Planning System for the Office of Space Science and Applications." 4￿Th Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Space Applications, Huntsville, AL, November 15, 1988.
  • Sivier, K.R. and Lembeck, M.F. "The Marsplane Revisited.￿ AIAA/AHS/ASEE Aircraft Design Systems, and Operations Meeting, AIAA #88-4412, Atlanta, GA., September 7-9, 1988.
  • Lembeck, M.F., Wellnitz, L.J., and Santos Jr., J.V. "Prototype Development of an Expert Spacecraft Design System." 1987 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, Vehicle Design Symposium, ASME Special Pub. #DE-Vol 11, Boston, MA, December 1987.
  • Lembeck, M.F. and Velinsky, S.A. "A Prototype Expert System for Wire Rope Based Mechanical Systems." Proc. 7￿Th World Congress on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Madrid, Spain, September 1987.
  • Lembeck, M.F., Dwyer, T.A.W, and Velinsky, S.A. "A Prototype Expert System for Intelligent Pointing and Tracking Control." Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, Philadelphia, PA, January 18-20, 1987.
  • Lembeck, M.F. and Pignatano, N.D. "Galileo Attitude and Articulation Control Closed Loop Test System." AIAA Computers in Aerospace IV, AIAA#83- 2380, Hartford, CN, October 1983.
  • Krier, H., Butler, P.B., Lembeck, M.F. ￿Fluid Dynamics of the Unsteady Two Phase Processes Leading to DDT in Granular Solid Propellants.￿ The 1980 JANNAF Propulsion Systems Hazards Subcomm. Meeting, Vol 1, Washington, D.C., December 1, 1980.

Invited Lectures

  • ￿Design Development of a Neural Network based Telemetry Monitor￿



Magazine Articles

  • Lembeck, M.F. ￿Congress Paving Way For Houston￿s Demise as Space Center.￿ Houston Chronicle, May 21, 2014.
  • Lembeck, M.F.. ￿Confusing Times.￿ Space News, May 14, 2012.
  • Lembeck, M.F. ￿Human Spaceflight Myth-busting.￿ Space News, September 7, 2009.
  • Lembeck, M.F. ￿Why Space Exploration is Important to the United States.￿ adAstra OnLine, The Magazine of the National Space Society, June 15, 2006.


  • Velinsky, S.A. and Lembeck, M.F. "Progress Towards an Expert System Environment for Design." Final Report for National Science Foundation Grant #DMC-8504457, October 1986.
  • Lembeck, M.F. and Rasmussen, R.D. "Simulator Tests Controller Performance." NASA Tech Briefs, #NPO-15744, September/October 1986.