Dr. Andrew Ketsdever is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He came to UCCS from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base in California. While at AFRL, he was the group leader of the Advanced Concepts Group – a group responsible for identifying and developing the next generation of propulsion systems to enable future Air Force missions. He was also the group leader of the Non-Equilibrium Flows Group (AFRL/RZSA) which conducts basic research in rocket exhaust plume flows, signatures, and effects. AFRL/RZSA was recognized as an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Star Team. He recently completed a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Astronautics at the United States Air Force Academy (2004-2007).
Dr. Ketsdever has worked in the areas of advanced propulsion design and testing, rarefied gas dynamics, microfluidics, micropropulsion and spacecraft-thruster interactions since starting at AFRL in 1992. He holds patents and has patents pending in the areas of micropropulsion, advanced propulsion concepts, and nano-ignition of propellants. Dr. Ketsdever received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1995 where he has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in rarified gas dynamics, planetary atmospheres, microspacecraft design, and spacecraft-environment interactions.
Dr. Ketsdever is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is currently serving on the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee. Dr. Ketsdever has served on the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee (1998-2003) where he was the chairman of the Education Subcommittee. He has also been involved with the AIAA Working Group in Microfluidics. Dr. Ketsdever has authored or co-authored more than 90 technical papers. He also co-edited an AIAA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series book entitled Micropropulsion for Small Spacecraft. Dr. Ketsdever is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.
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