Ryan Conversano

Technologist, Electric Propulsion Group, JPL

Dr. Ryan W. Conversano received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010, 2011, and 2015, respectively.

Dr. Conversano is currently working as a Technologist for the Electric Propulsion Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. From mid-2012 until graduation in September, 2015, he conducted research focused on the development and testing of the Magnetically Shielded Miniature (MaSMi) Hall thruster . From 2008 to mid-2012, he was active in a variety of research disciplines, including high-power plasma-material interactions, lunar mission CubeSat mission studies, microsatellite mission design, biologically inspired flexible wing design, cylindrical ring-wing projectile analysis, and piezoelectric actuator testing. He has authored 4 peer-reviewed journal papers, 8 technical publications, 1 technical poster, and is the lead inventor on a pending patent.

As a Ph.D. candidate, he was a fellow of the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship , awarded in 2013. He was a recipient of the NSF SEE-LA GK12 Fellowship in 2012, the AeroClub of Southern California Scholarship Award in 2011, and the UCLA Chancellor’s Prize for Academic Excellence, UCLA Graduate Student Research Mentorship, and UCLA Graduate Division Student Support Award in 2010.