Marlene Patino

Ph.D. Candidate, Cota Robles Fellow

Marlene Patino is a 6th year graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. Through support from the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award, NASA Space Grant Fellowship, Gen. James H. Doolittle Scholarship, and HENAAC Graduate Student Leadership Award, she has conducted research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to examine heavy species collisions and particle-wall interactions necessary for predicting the lifetime and performance of current and future electric propulsion devices. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA in 2010 and 2012, respectively.