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. His research has included electric propulsion for spacecrafts, basic plasma science, RF plasma sources, atmospheric pressure microplasmas, plasma biological treatment, plasma assisted combustion, and rotating detonation engines. Dr. Xu is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and member of IEEE, and APS. 




Graduate Students

Andrew Walsten

andrew walstenAndrew obtained dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Kansas State University. He has conducted research on a high pressure microplasma source for diode pumped rare gas lasers, and is currently studying a microplasma source for miniature ion engines.



Zachary White

zachary whiteZachary obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is an NSTRF Fellow conducting research on magnetic nozzles for pulsed fusion propulsion. He has also worked on plasma striations and laser collision induced fluorescence.



Michaela Hemming

michaela spaulding

Michaela graduated with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University. Her current research focuses on rotating detonation engines and the study of the interaction between transient plasma discharges and the behavior of detonation waves.



Nageshwar Nagarajan

nageshwar nagarajanNageshwar received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from SASTRA Deemed University in 2019. His current research focuses on studying multi-ring microwave resonators for electric propulsion.





Undergraduate Student Researchers

Neil Laya - miniature ion engines

Declan Brick - atmospheric pressure plasma modeling

Brandon Stanton

Nao Murata - plasma striations and magnetic nozzle

Josie Hodges - high pressure plasmas

Sydney Miller - high pressure plasmas



Dr. Ryan Gott (Ph.D. 2020) - NASA Kennedy

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

William Bickett (M.S. 2019) -Torch Technologies

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

Ethan Hopping (M.S. 2017) - Attending graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology

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

Brandon Williams

Manvith Amara

Natalie Mann (B.S. 2020) - Attending graduate school at Arizona State University

Ward Manneschmidt (B.S. 2020) - Attending graduate school at UAH

Noah Naden (B.S. 2020) - Attending graduate school at UAH

Noah Latham (B.S. 2020) - Attending graduate school at UAH

Ryota Nakano (B.S. 2019) - Attending graduate school at Auburn University

Toyofumi Yamauchi (B.S. 2019) - Attending graduate school at University of Illinois

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

Allison Luther (B.S. 2016)  - Boeing

Brittani Searcy (B.S. 2016) - Jacobs

Katy Kolasinski (B.S. 2015) - Raytheon