About the MSGC Director


Dean Alec D. Gallimore
Education • Research • Accomplishments

Dean Gallimore received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in 1986. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from
Princeton University in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Dean Gallimore joined the faculty at
the University of Michigan in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace
Engineering. He was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1998 and to professor in
2004. From 2005 to 2011, Dean Gallimore served as the associate dean for academic
programs and initiatives in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. He served as
the College of Engineering’s associate dean for research and graduate education from 2011 to
2013, and was appointed as the associate dean for academic affairs in 2014. In 2006, Dean
Gallimore was appointed as an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and in 2015, he was appointed as the
Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor Engineering, College of Engineering. In addition,
he has served as the director of the Michigan/AFRL Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion
since 2009, and the director of the NASA-funded Michigan Space Grant Consortium since 2000.
On July 1, 2016, Alec D. Gallimore, associate dean in the College of Engineering, was appointed the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Dean Gallimore’s primary research interests include electric propulsion, plasma
diagnostics, and nano-particle physics. He has experience with a wide array of electric
propulsion including Hall thrusters, ion thrusters, arcjets, RF/microwave plasma sources, 100-
kW-class steady MPD thrusters, and MW-level quasi-steady MPD thrusters. Dean
Gallimore has implemented a variety of probe, microwave, and optical/laser plasma diagnostics.
He is the author of over 300 journal and conference papers on electric propulsion and plasma
physics. He has been the recipient of a number of external and University of Michigan prizes,
and has graduated 36 Ph.D. students and 14 M.S. students. Dean Gallimore serves on the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Electric Propulsion Technical
Committee and is a fellow of the AIAA. In addition, Dean Gallimore is an associate editor
for both the Journal of Propulsion and Power and the JANNAF (propulsion) Journal, and he has
served on a number of advisory boards for NASA and the Department of Defense including the
United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB). Dean Gallimore was awarded
the Decoration of Meritorious Civilian Service in 2005 for his work on the AFSAB.

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