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Prospective Students and Postdocs

As part of RPI’s SEAL you will support current NASA missions, process actual images collected by planetary spacecraft, and develop the next generation of spacecraft navigation algorithms.

The Sensing, Estimation, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL) is committed to recruiting and training the best graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in the world. We perform research in spacecraft navigation, computer vision, and planetary science. Members of our lab enjoy a supportive work environment, challenging research, national visibility, and a high quality of life in the New York Capital Region. The Albany-Troy-Schenectady area is home to over 1.2 million people and is situated at the foot of the Adirondack mountains.

The SEAL is housed within the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). As such, prospective graduate students should submit their applications to More information about the MANE graduate program at RPI may be found at Please be aware of the application deadlines and make sure to mention your interest in the SEAL in your personal essay. Prospective M.S./M.Eng. or Ph.D. students with additional questions may contact Dr. Christian directly at

For most students, completion of the M.S. program takes about two years, while completion of the Ph.D. program typically requires at least 3-4 additional years. Although students are free to remain at RPI over the summer to continue their research or take courses, students in the SEAL are encouraged to seek summer internships in industry or government. We consider work experience an important part of your graduate education and value the perspective it brings to your research at RPI.