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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Electric Propulsion for Space Systems



    Course Instructor:

    This course is organized and taught by distinguished subject matter experts in the AIAA Electric Propulsion Technical Committee.

    The instructors are as follows:

    Dan M. Goebel received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1981. He is a Senior Research Scientist at JPL, an Adj. Prof. at USC and Lecturer at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and the IEEE, and the author of over 120 technical papers, one book and holds 40 patents.

    John R. Brophy received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1984. He is a Principal Engineer at JPL and was the Manger of the Ion Propulsion System for NASA’s Dawn mission. He has authored over 100 technical papers and received five “Best Technical Paper” Awards from the AIAA.

    James E. Polk received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1996. He is a Principal Engineer at JPL specializing in electric propulsion and cathode development. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and member of the AIAA EPTC, and has published over 100 conference papers and peer-reviewed publications.

    Richard R. Hofer received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a Senior Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Senior Member of the AIAA, a member of the AIAA EPTC, has three patents pending and has authored over 30 technical publications in electric propulsion.