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JDerrick2

I am a graduate student at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) pursuing a masters in Mechanical Engineering. I completed my undergraduate studies at IUPUI and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. For my graduate studies, my focus is in systems/controls and thermal/fluid sciences. Currently, the research I am involved with is in the area of electrical propulsion. Specifically, it is electrical propulsion by means of pure ionic emission. The objective of the research is to construct an experimental test chamber to test different propellants for the characterization of an optimal propulsive system. The optimal system is determined by the specific impulse and propellant flow rate. The one with the highest specific impulse and the lowest flow rate is the desired propulsive system.

Experimental Test Chamber

CAD Design of the ToF Chamber

CAD Design of the ToF Chamber

Aside from my research, I focus heavily on the advancement of engineering education at the collegiate level. I work on revising and updating laboratory experiments to help improve student understanding of how concepts are applied and utilized. I also spend time writing design optimization MATLAB codes for various applications.