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Alec D. Gallimore | Faculty

Short Bio

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, formerly Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education from 2011 to 2013. He is a member of the Applied Physics graduate program; from 2005 to 2011, Professor Gallimore served as an Associate Dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies where he was the Graduate School liaison to Michigan’s graduate programs in engineering, the physical sciences and mathematics.

Professor Gallimore's primary research interests include electric propulsion, plasma diagnostics, space plasma simulation, electrode physics, nano-particle energetics and hypersonic aerodynamics/plasma interaction. He has extensive design and testing experience with a number of electric propulsion devices including Hall thrusters, ion thrusters, RF thrusters, microwave thrusters, arcjets, 100-kW-class steady MPD thrusters and multimegawatt pulsed coaxial plasma accelerators. He has implemented a variety of probe, microwave, and optical/laser plasma diagnostics, and has graduated 36 PhD students and 14 MS students in the fields of electric propulsion and plasma physics.

Professor Gallimore has written more than 300 archival journal articles and conference papers, and 2 book chapters. He is also director of the NASA-funded Michigan Space Grant Consortium and director of the Michigan/Air Force Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion. Professor Gallimore has served on a number of NASA and Department of Defense boards and studies, including being a member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.



Princeton University

PhD '92

MS '88

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BS '86


  • AIAA (Amercian Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics) - Fellow
  • Electric Rocket Propulsion Society (ERPS) - Board Member
  • ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
  • Assoc. Editor for AIAA Journal of Propulsion & Power
  • Assoc. Editor for Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force (JANNAF) Propulsion Journal
  • Defense Science Board Task Force on Force Modernization 1999
  • Secretary for Electric Rocket Propulsion Society (ERPS)
  • Member of Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) 1995-1997
  • Member, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, 2001-2005
  • Advisor, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, 2005-present
  • Sigma Gamma Tau
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi


  • Professor (2004 - present)
  • Associate Professor (1998-2004)
  • Associate Professor of Applied Physics (1998-2004)
  • Director, Michigan Space Grant Consortium (NASA) (2000-present)
  • Head of the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL)
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Physics (1994-1998)
  • Assistant Professor (1992-1998)

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Electric Propulsion
  • Space Propulsion
  • Plasma Physics

Teaching Interests

  • Spacecraft Systems Design (Aero 483)
  • Electric Propulsion (Aero 536)
  • Management of Space Systems Design (Aero 583)

Honors and Awards

  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award (1988, 1999)
  • College of Engineering Team Research Excellence Award (1999)
  • College of Engineering Teaching Excellence (1992)
  • College of Engineering 1938 E Award
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Teaching Award (1989, 1995)
  • NASA Faculty Fellow Award (1993)
  • Silver Shaft Award (Instructor of the Year), by the University of Michigan Sigma Gamma Tau Chapter (1994, 1996)
  • Faculty Fellowship Award, by the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School (1994)
  • Crystal Image Award for Technical Achievement from the National Technical Association (NTA) for Science Educator of the Year(1994)
  • Class of '38E Junior Faculty Outstanding Achievement Prize by the University of Michigan College of Engineering (1996)
  • Associate Fellow-American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) (1999)
  • Best Paper Award in Electric Propulsion at the 1998 Joint Propulsion Conference, by AIAA (1999)
  • Faculty Career Development Award, by the University of Michigan (2000)
  • The Aerospace Engineering Award for Outstanding Accomplishment (2002)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Academia, National GEM Consortium (2004)
  • Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award, by the University of Michigan College of Engineering (2005)
  • Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, by the University of Michigan (2005)
  • Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service, by the United States Air Force (2005)
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, by the University of Michigan (2006)
  • Fellow-American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) (2010)


  • Haas, J. M., Gallimore, A. D., and McFall, K., and Spanjers, G., "Development of a High-Speed, Reciprocating Electrostatic Probe System for Hall Thruster Interrogation," Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 71, No. 11, November 2000, 4131-4138.
  • King, L. B., and Gallimore, A. D., "Mass Spectral Measurements in the Plume of an SPT-100 Hall Thruster," Journal of Propulsion and Power (AIAA), Vol. 16, No. 6, November-December 2000, 1086-1092.
  • Haas, J. M., and Gallimore, A. D., "Internal Plasma Potential Profiles in a Laboratory-Model Hall Thruster," Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 8, No. 2, February 2001, 652-660.
  • Gulczinski, F. S. and Gallimore, A. D., "Near Field Ion Energy and Species Measurements of a 5 kW Laboratory Hall Thruster '' Journal of Propulsion and Power (AIAA), Vol. 17, No. 2, March-April 2001, 418-427.
  • Bilen, S. G., Domonkos, M. T., and Gallimore, A. D., "Simulating Ionospheric Plasma with a Hollow Cathode in a Large Vacuum Chamber," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (AIAA), Vol. 38, No. 4, July-August 2001, 617-621.
  • Gallimore, A. D., "Near- and Far-Field Characterization of Hall Thruster Plumes" Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (AIAA), Vol. 38, No. 3, May-June, 2001, 441-453.