Colorado State University
Electric Propulsion & Plasma Engineering
Prof. John D. Williams, Director
Phone: (970)491-8564
Fax: (970)491-8671
Email: john.d.williams@colostate.edu

Director

Professor John D. Williams

John D. Williams

Associate Professor

john.d.williams@colostate.edu

Phone (970) 491-8564
Fax (970) 491-8671
Web Page

 

Research Interests:

Professor John Williams' research interests include modeling of erosion phenomena on ion thruster components such as ion extraction grids and hollow cathodes and experimental evaluation of plasma and ion beam interactions with materials for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Professor Williams, a graduate of Colorado State University, worked at the Hughes Research Laboratory and the Electric Propulsion Laboratory before joining the mechanical engineering department in 2002.

Research Scientists

Casey Farnell

Casey Farnell

Research Scientist II

Casey.Farnell@colostate.edu

 

Research Interests:

For his doctoral research, Dr. Farnell studied the measurement and formation of high energy ions formed near a hollow cathode. He is presently working to expand the depth of CSU's probe diagnostic abilities and knowledge.

Cody Farnell

Cody Farnell

Research Scientist II

Cody.Farnell@colostate.edu

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Farnell's doctoral research dealt with the simulation of ion thruster optics. Currently, he is applying simulation techniques to additional areas of research interest.

Graduate Students

Kirk J. Boehm

Kirk J. Boehm

Ph.D. Candidate

kirk.boehm@googlemail.com

 

Research Interests:

At the beginning of 2015 Kirk received his Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering with a major in Aerospace Technologies from the Technical University Dresden. His doctoral research focuses on selective electron beam sintering in combination with hollow cathodes. His research interests include plasma technologies, satellite technologies, and manned space missions to the Jupiter system.

 

Former Students & Lab Alumni

Please view the work and current activities of our former students & associates on the "Graduates" page.

 

Retired

CSU Professor Paul J. Wilbur

Paul J. Wilbur

Professor (retired)

pwilbur@engr.colostate.edu

 

Professor Paul J. Wilbur contributed 40 years of service to the Mechanical Engineering department at CSU. Reflecting his lifetime contributions to the electric propulsion community, he was awarded the "Medal of Outstanding Achievement in Electric Propulsion" in 2007. Professor Wilbur's research applied broad beam ion sources to applications such as spacecraft propulsion, surface modification of materials using ion beams, and plasma contacting to control the potentials of spacecraft. His most recent research focused on the development of emissive membranes, a promising new technology in electric propulsion.