Ella Atkins is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab and is Associate Director of Graduate Programs for the Robotics Institute. Dr. Atkins holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Information Systems (JAIS) and has served on the National Academy's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies Group, and multiple National Academy study committees. She pursues research in Aerospace system autonomy and safety.