Director

Lyon (Brad) King

lbking@mtu.edu

Dr. Lyon (Brad) King is presently the Ron and Elaine Starr Professor of Space Systems Engineering. Dr. King earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1998. Dr. King is an experimentalist with expertise in spacecraft design, electric space propulsion systems, and plasma physics. King shared the AIAA Outstanding Paper in Electric Space Propulsion in 1999 with co-author, Dr. Alec Gallimore, for studies of particle transport in Hall Thrusters. From 1998-2000 King was a postdoctoral research associate with David Wineland’s Ion Storage Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology were he worked on laser-cooled cryogenic plasmas. King was a Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) and a member of the NASA Nuclear Space Propulsion Technology Assessment Group. King currently serves on the AIAA Electric Propulsion Technical Committee and was committee Chair from 2009-2011. King is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award (CAREER) and the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Engineering Educator Award. In 2004, King received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in a White House ceremony for DoD-sponsored research related to Hall-effect thrusters. Dr. King is presently an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.