Andrew J. Dexter
- Currently pursuing an SM in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT (est. 2014; Advisor: Prof. Steven Barrett)
- BSc., Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Resselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009
Fields: Electrohydrodynamic Propulsion
Lab Role: Research Assistant
I am from Kaneohe, Hawaii and am currently pursuing a Master of Science in MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics program. My research is focused on laboratory testing and evaluation of an electrohydrodynamic (EHD) device to generate thrust in air. The main goal of my work is to evaluate the feasibility of using EHD to provide highly efficient thrust that requires no moving parts for air-breathing propulsion applications. Previous Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment work has shown that the thrust produced using EHD is comparable to modern alternatives in terms of thrust to power ratio. The next step is to evaluate the scalability of the technology for a given application.