Ralph Lorenz Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL)


RALPH D. LORENZ is a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. His research focuses on understanding how systems and instruments work in planetary environments, and on exploring surfaces, atmospheres, and their interactions, on Titan, Venus, Earth and Mars. He is the Mission Architect of Dragonfly, NASA's New Frontiers mission to Titan, and is involved in many NASA and international planetary missions including Cassini/Huygens, Akatsuki, Insight, Perseverance and DAVINCI. He is the recipient of the 2020 International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW) Al Seiff memorial award. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications, including Saturn's Moon Titan: Owners' Workshop Manual (2020), Spinning Flight (2006), Space Systems Failures (2005), and Planetary Landers and Entry Probes (2007). He holds a B.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from Southampton University and a Ph.D. in Space Sciences from University of Kent.