Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Andrew D. Ketsdever
Professor and Chair
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Science and Engineering Building (SENG) A444
Colorado Springs, CO 80933
Chamber for Atmospheric and Orbital Space Simulation (ChAOSS) (under construction)
MAE 5391: Rocket Propulsion (Fall 2012)
MAE 4316: Propulsion (Spring 12)
MAE 9110/9510: Hypersonics and Gas Dynamics (Spring 10)
MAE 4316: Propulsion (Spring 09)
MAE 4425/MAE 5091: Space Environment (Fall 08)
MAE 5595: Space Mission Analysis (Fall 08)
MAE 5495: Launch Vehicle Analysis (Spring 08)
MAE 4410: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Spring 08)
Dr. Andrew Ketsdever is currently an Associate 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 Laboratorys (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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Honors and Awards
Elected as Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2008.
Engineer of the Year, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Rocky Mountain Section, 2006.
Roger R. Bate Award for Outstanding First-Year Instructor in Astronautics, US Air Force Academy, Department of Astronautics, 2005.
Scientist of the Year, Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, 2002
Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2003
Civilian Acheivement Award, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2004
Notable Acheivement Award, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sept. 2003
Letter of Commendation, Air Force Research Laboratory, May 2003
Special Service Award, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
United States Air Force Palace Knight Fellowship Recipient, 1992-1995
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Grant for Outstanding Research, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 1990-1992
Laufer Award for Aerospace Related Experimentation, University of Southern California, 1990
Rarefied Gas Dynamics, 23rd International Symposium, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, Vol. 663, AIP, Melville, NY, 2003.
Micropropulsion for Small Spacecraft, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 187, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA, 2000.
The Free Molecule Micro-Resistojet for Microspacecraft Thrust Generation, AFRL, US Patent No. 6,263,665, July 24, 2001.
Nano-Ignition Mechanism for Distributed Ignition of Propellants, ERC, Inc./AFRL, US Patent No. 7,517,215, April 14, 2009.
Apparatus for Distributed Ignition of Fuels by Light Sources, ERC, Inc./AFRL, US Patent No. 7,665,985, February 23, 2010.
Membership and Offices in Professional Societies
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
- Chair of Education Subcommittee, Thermophysics Technical Committee (2001-2003)
- Associate Editor, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Member, American Vacuum Society
Member, Institute of Environmental Sciences