Space Power & Propulsion Lab: Teaching

Courses Taught


  • ENES232: Thermodynamics, Sp/Fa 2013, Sp/Fa 2015
    Introduction to thermodynamics. Thermodynamic properties of matter. First and second laws of thermodynamics, cycles, reactions, and mixtures.
  • ENAE414: Aerodynamics II, Sp 2008, 2009
    Aerodynamics of inviscid incompressible flows. Aerodynamic forces and moments. Fluid statics/buoyancy force. Vorticity, circulation, the stream function and the velocity potential. Bernoulli’s and Laplace’s equations. Flows in low speed wind tunnels and airspeed measurement. Potential flows involving sources and sinks, doublets, and vortices. Development of the theory of airfoils and wings.
  • ENAE457: Space Propulsion and Power, Fa 2008 – 2016
    Taxonomy and system performance of modern space propulsion technologies, including resistoject, arcject, ion, Hall Effect, PPT, MPD and VaSIMR, low thrust trajectory analysis, thermochemistry of fuels, operating principles of liquid and solid chemical rockets.
  • ENAE464: Aerospace Engineering Laboratory, Sp 2012 – 2015
    Application of fundamental measuring techniques to measurements in aerospace engineering. Includes experiments in aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, aerodynamics and astrodynamics, space human factors and control theory. Correlation of theory with experimental results.


  • ENAE663: Intro to Plasmas for Space Power and Propulsion, Sp10, Sp12, Sp14, Sp16
    Characteristics of plasmas, Motion of charged particles in fields, Collisional processes, Kinetic theory, Fluid description of plasmas, Transport properties, Equilibrium vs. Non‐equilibrium, Creation of plasmas.
  • ENAE667: Advanced Space Propulsion and Power, Fa07, Fa10, Fa12, Fa14, Fa16
    Technology topics will vary each year as time permits, but may include the following: Cold gas, Chemical, Resistojets, Arcjets, MPD, Hall effect (SPT), Ion, Colloid, FEEP, PPT, Helicon, VaSIMR, Nuclear propulsion/power, Solar Power and various power conversion systems.