Laxminarayan L Raja

Dr. Raja is a Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin.  He holds the Robert L. Parker Centennial Professorship in Engineering.   Dr. Raja has a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (Madras) India.

Dr. Raja`s research interests are in low-temperature glow discharge plasmas.  He employs both computational modeling and experimental approaches for fundamental studies of plasmas and their applications.  Current research topics include:

  • Plasma actuators for supersonic and hypersonic flow control
  • Microdischarge-based small satellite plasma propulsion
  • Study of rail-armature contact gap plasmas in electromagnetic launchers
  • Atmospheric-pressure non-equilibrium discharge phenomena
  • Computational methods for plasma simulations including High-Performance Computing (HPC) techniques

 Current and past research sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Ad-Astra Rocket Company, and Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT).  He received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2001.

Dr. Raja is affiliated with the Center for Aeromechanics Research (CAR) and the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.