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Kamesh SankaranKamesh Sankaran

Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4243
Fax: 509.777.4633
Office Location: Eric Johnston Science Center 127
Email: ksankaran@whitworth.edu

Education

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.S. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.S. Illinois Institute of Technology

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

2004

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Spacecraft propulsion; plasma physics; computational physics; shock physics; public policy in science & technology

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

2015 Most Influential Professor

2014 Most Influential Professor

2012 Academic Mentoring Award

2006 Junior Faculty Award.

Publications include:

  • K. Sankaran, A. French, S. Gady, T. Wisniewski, and M. Woodkey, “Evaluation of Electric Propulsion Systems for Asteroid and Comet Sample-Return Missions”, AIAA Proceedings 2014-3720.

  • K. Sankaran, J. Hoff, and C. Grochowski, “Electric Propulsion Options for the OSIRIS-REx Mission”, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 148, paper #412, 2013.

  • K.A. Polzin, K. Sankaran, A.G. Ritchie, and J.P. Reneau, “Inductive pulsed plasma thruster model with time-evolution of energy and state properties”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 46, #47, paper #475201, 2013.

  • K. Sankaran, et al., “Evaluation of Existing Electric Propulsion Systems for the OSIRIS-REx Mission”, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, v.50, No. 4, 2013.
  • K. Sankaran, et al., “Electric Propulsion Alternatives for the OSIRIS-REx Mission”, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, v. 148, 2013.
  • K. Sankaran, et al., "Parametric Investigation of the Effects of Plasma Thruster Performance on Mars Cargo Missions," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, v. 47, No. 2 (2010).
  • K. Sankaran and K. A. Polzin, "Numerical Investigation of Near-Field Plasma Flows in Magnetic Nozzles," AIAA Proceedings (2009). 2009-5358.
  • K. Sankaran, "Implementation of Thermal Conduction in Wave Propagation Codes," a technical report to the Institute for Shock Physics for a Office of Naval Research project (2008).
  • K. Sankaran and K. A. Polzin, "Development of Numerical Tools for the Investigation of Plasma Detachment from Magnetic Nozzles," AIAA Proceedings (2007). 2007-4386.
  • K. Sankaran, "Simulation of Production and Propagation of Magnetic Fields in the Compact Pulsed Power Facility," Progress Report for the Office of Naval Research contract #N00014-04-1-0668, 2007.
  • K. Sankaran, "Simulation of Plasma Flows in Magnetic Nozzles for Spacecraft Propulsion," NASA MSFC Internal Report, 2006.
  • K. Sankaran, "Electric Rocket Numerical Simulation Tool (ERNST): Plasma Simulation Using Parallelized Particle-Particle Calculations," NASA MSFC Internal Report, 2005.
  • K. Sankaran, E. Y. Choueiri, and S. C. Jardin, "Simulation of Magnetoplasmadynamic Thruster Flowfields and Comparison to Experiments," Journal of Propulsion and Power, v.21, #1, 2005.
  • K. Sankaran, L. Cassady, A. D. Kodys, and E. Y. Choueiri, "A Survey of Propulsion Options for Cargo and Piloted trips to Mars," in Astrodynamics, Space Missions, and Chaos, The New York Academy of Sciences, 2004.
  • K. Sankaran, E. Y. Choueiri, and S. C. Jardin, "Comparison of Simulated Plasma Flowfields to Experimental Measurements for a Gas-Fed Magnetoplasmadynamic Thruster," AIAA Proceedings 2003-4843.
  • K. Sankaran, L. Martinelli, S. C. Jardin, and E. Y. Choueiri, "A Flux-Limited Numerical Method for the MHD Equations to Simulate Propulsive Plasma Flows," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, v.53, 2002.
  • K. Sankaran, S. C. Jardin, and E. Y. Choueiri, "Parallelization and Validation of an MHD Code for the Simulation of Self-Field MPDT Flows," IEPC Proceedings 2001-0127.
  • K. Sankaran, E. Y. Choueiri, and S. C. Jardin, "Application of a New Numerical Solver to the Simulation of MPD Flows," AIAA Proceedings 2000-3537.

Developed Low-Thrust Interplanetary Trajectory Analysis, which is a software package that analyzes and optimizes the trajectory of an interplanetary spacecraft to minimize the trip time and the fuel required for the mission. This is distributed to collaborators at NASA and in the private aerospace industry (2008).

Reviewer for the Journal of Propulsion and Power and the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science.