Associate Professor
Western Michigan University
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Education:

University of Michigan

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineeing, 2009
  • M.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, 2004
  • B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, 2003

 

Research Interests:

  • Experimental Plasmadynamics
  • Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion and Electric Propulsion
  • CubeSat-Thruster Integration
  • Alternative Propellants for Electric Propulsion
  • Basic Plasma Dynamics and Vaporization in Ionic Liquids
  • High Altitude Balloon Platforms for Basic Science Research
  • Plasma Diagnostic Development
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy
  • Hypersonic Plasma Interactions

Publications

  • Lemmer, K.M., Huang, W., Shastry, R., Kamhawi, H., "Hall Thruster Discharge Wall Erosion as a Function of Operating Condition and Background Pressure," IEPC 2015-279, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 6-10, 2015.
  • Hine, A.D., Lemmer, K.M., "Effect of Plasma Plume on CubeSat Structures as a Function of Thrust Vectoring," IEPC 2015-157, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 6-10, 2015.
  • Kidd, F.G., Baird, M.J., Neff, G.A., Lemmer, K.M., "Experimental Vaporization and Computational Modeling of Ionization of Hydroxylammonium Nitrate in Vacuum Conditions," IEPC 2015-237, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 6-10, 2015.
  • Lemmer, K.M., Kidd, F.G., Neff, G.A., "Preliminary Setup and Simulation for the Vaporization and Ionization of Ionic Liquids," 62nd Joint Army Navy NASA Air Force (JANNAF) Propulsion Meeting/10th MSS/8th LPS/7th SPS Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Nashville, TN, June 1-5, 2015.
  • Lemmer, K.M., Hine, A., Neff, G., "Establishing an In Situ Technique for Measuring Boron Nitride Erosion," 50th Joint Propulsion Conference at the AIAA Energy and Propulsion Forum, Cleveland, OH, July 28-30, 2014.
  • Kolosa, D., Spangelo, S., Lemmer, K., Husdon, J., "Mission Analysis for a Micro RF Ion Thruster for CubeSat Orbital Maneuvers," 50th Joint Propulsion Conference at the AIAA Energy and Propulsion Forum, Cleveland, OH, July 28-30, 2014.
  • Lemmer, K.M., Kirtley, D. E., "Complex Plasma Structure Observed in the Inlet of an Argon Radio-Frequency Discharge," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 42, No. 12, pp. 4038-4039, 2014.
  • Lemmer, K.M., Gallimore, A. D. Smith, T. B., Davis, C. N., and Peterson, P., “Experimental Results for Communications Blackout Amelioration Using Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (AIAA), Vol. 46, No. 6, 2009).
  • Lemmer, K. M., Gallimore, A. D., and Smith, T. B., “Using a helicon source to simulate atmospheric re-entry plasma densities and temperatures in a laboratory setting,” Plasma Sources Sci. Technol., 18, 2009, March, 025019.