Laboratory Director

Dr. Xu

Dr. Xu is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. 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 APS professional societies. He has authored multiple journal and conference papers.




Graduate Students

Ryan Gott

ryan gott

Ryan got his B.S. in aerospace engineering from UAH. He completed a M.S. thesis entitled "The Development and Analysis of a Heaterless, Insertless, Microplasma-Based Hollow Cathode" in 2018 where he developed a new type of hollow cathode for small satellite electric propulsion. He is continuing to purse a Ph.D. on atmospheric pressure microplasma physics for water treatment.



Andrew Walsten

andrew walstenAndrew obtained dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Kansas State University.




Zachary White

zachary whiteZachary obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University. 




Undergraduate Student Researchers

Toyofumi Yamauchi

Ward Manneschmidt

Noah Latham

Neil Laya

Declan Brick

Manvith Amara

Brandon Williams

Steven Perkins


Roberto Dextre (Ph.D. 2018) - Aerojet-Rocketdyne

Paulo Salvador (M.S. 2017) - Blue Origin

Ethan Hopping (M.S. 2017) - Blue Origin

Steven Doyle (M.S. 2017) - Attending Cooper Medical School at Rowan University 

Stewart Jacobs (M.S.2016 ) - Bastion Technologies 

Lindsey Blair (M.S. 2016) - Jacobs

Wade Harlow (M.S. 2015) - Northrup Grumman

Bradley Henderson (B.S. 2017) - IERUS Technologies

Katy Kolasinski (B.S. 2015) - Raytheon

Allison Luther (B.S. 2016)  - Boeing

Natalie Mann - Now working with Dr. Lei

Ryota Nakano - Now working Dr. Kang