Gary Li

Ph.D. Candidate, NDSEG Fellow

Gary graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Astrophysics and Physics in 2014 and is currently a 3rd year graduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. His research interests include plasma-material interactions and the physics of miniature ring-cusp ion thrusters. He previously worked on investigating the sputtering properties of micro-architectured materials for minimizing erosion of plasma thruster walls. Gary has participated in research projects for liquid metal electrospray thrusters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Summer 2014) and field reversed configuration thrusters at the Air Force Research Lab (Summer 2016). In his free time, Gary enjoys teaching kids about science in Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) and Asian American Tutorial Project (AATP).