Dr. Alec Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan where he directs the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. Professor Gallimore is also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for the College of Engineering. Professor Gallimore is on the faculty of the Applied Physics program at Michigan, is the director of the NASA-funded Michigan Space Grant Consortium and the director of an Air Force Center of Excellence in advanced spacecraft propulsion.
He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, where he specialized in plasma physics and advanced space propulsion. His primary research interests include electric propulsion, plasma diagnostics, space/re-entry plasma simulation, nanoparticle physics, and the utilization of plasma for energy production and environmental remediation. He has experience with a wide array of electric propulsion technologies including Hall thrusters, ion engines, arcjets, and MPD thrusters, and has implemented a variety of probe, microwave, and optical/laser plasma diagnostics.
The author of more than 285 journal and conference papers on electric propulsion and plasma physics, Professor Gallimore has been the recipient of a number of University of Michigan prizes including the Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award in 2005, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award in 2005, and the Outstanding Accomplishment Award in Aerospace Engineering in 2002. He received the Best Paper in Electric Propulsion Awardfor work presented at the 1998 Joint Propulsion Conference, and the Outstanding Achievement in Academia Award from the National GEM Consortium in 2004.
Professor Gallimore serves on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Electric Propulsion Technical Committee and is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Professor Gallimore is an Associate Editor for both the Journal of Propulsion and Power and the newJoint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Aerospace Propulsion Journal for ITAR-restricted work, and has served on a number of advisory boards for NASA and the Department of Defense including the United States Air Force Scientific Advisor Board (AFSAB). He was awarded the Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2005 for his work on the AFSAB.