Sarag J. Saikia


Sarag is a native of Assam, India, one of the largest tea producing regions in the world. After graduating with a Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University in August 2015, Sarag Saikia joined his alma mater as a visiting assistant professor. Prof. Saikia holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with distinction from Nagpur University, India, and a master’s degree in Astronautics from Purdue. Sarag briefly worked in the iron/steel industry followed by policy research in the energy and power sector of India.
For his Ph.D., Dr. Saikia worked under the supervision of Prof. James Longuski on analytical theories for spacecraft aerocapture, entry, descent, and landing; and advanced EDL concepts. For his work, he has won the best paper awards for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014) at the International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW). Dr. Saikia’s current research spans robotic and human exploration missions; trajectory design; technologies for extreme environments; and human Mars exploration architecture design. Dr. Saikia works closely with Dr. Buzz Aldrin’s on his Cycling Pathway to Occupy Mars architecture as well.
At Purdue, Dr. Saikia teaches courses in conceptual mission design, spacecraft systems engineering, end-to-end human exploration architecture design.