Dr. Aaron M. Schinder

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Dr. Schinder is a member of the Center for Technical Intelligence Studies & Research (CTISR). He currently is developing fast global 3d cloud models for the next generation of ASSET OPIR scene generation. He has a background in scientific computing, plasma physics, and spacecraft propulsion.

Prior to joining AFIT, he worked for NASA Glenn on Orion, and subsequently Lockheed Martin on the Compact Fusion Reactor Project.



Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016

Dissertation: Investigation of Hall Effect Thruster Channel Wall Erosion Mechanisms

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013

B.S. in Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2006



  1. A.W. Schinder, M. L. Walker, J. J. Rimoli, “3D Model for Atomic Sputtering of Heterogeneous
    Ceramic Compounds.” 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. American
    Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2013. DOI 10.2514/6.2013-4127.
  2. A.W. Schinder, M. L. Walker, J.J.  Rimoli. “3D Model for Erosion of a Hall Effect Thruster Discharge
    Channel Wall.” Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2014. doi:10.2514/1.B35098.
  3. A.W. Schinder, J.J.Rimoli, and M. L. Walker, “Investigation of Plasma Material Erosion Under Mechanical Stress,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Sep. 2016, doi: 10.2514/1.B36253.
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