Laboratory Director

Dr. Xu

Dr. Xu joined The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2012 as part of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the director of the Plasma and Electrodynamics Research Lab.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked in electric propulsion for spacecrafts, basic plasma experiments, RF plasma sources, and atmospheric pressure microplasmas. combustion, and spacecraft system engineering. Dr. Xu is a member of AIAA, AVS, and IEEE professional societies. He has authored multiple journal and conference papers.




Graduate Students

Roberto Dextre

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Roberto graduate from Binghampton University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. His research studies the properties of a printed microwave resonator microplasma source for in-space micro propulsion. He received his M.S. degree from UAH in 2015 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate working on his dissertation entitled: "Study and development of a split-ring resonator for micropropulsion." 



Paulo Salvador

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Paulo graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. There he conducted undergraduate research in UAVs. His current research examines the effect of electrode geometry on a methane flame. He received his M.S. degree from UAH in 2016 and is currently a Ph.D. student.



Ethan Hopping

Ethan HoppingEthan obtained a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UAH in 2015. There he did a number of projects including design of an educational thrust stand which won 1st place at the 2014 AIAA regional student conference. His current research focuses on design of small Hall thrusters for Cubesats using 3D printing. 



Ryan Gott

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Ryan got his B.S. in aerospace engineering from UAH. He is currently pursing his M.S. degree as part of the JUMP program. His current research is on using microplasmas as a potential hollow cathode to provide electrons for electric propulsion.



Undergraduate Student Researchers

Bradley Henderson

Toyofumi Yamauchi

Ryota Nakano

Ward Manneschmidt

Noah Latham

Natalie Mann


Steven Doyle (M.S.) - Attending Cooper Medical School at Rowan University pursuing oncology

Stewart Jacobs (M.S.)

Lindsey Blair (M.S.) - Qualis Corporation

Wade Harlow (M.S.) - Thiokol

Katy Kolasinski (B.S.) - Raytheon

Allison Luther (B.S.)  - Boeing