Justin Little

Justin Little

Assistant Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Justin Little
  • Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2014
  • M.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2010
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2008
  • B.S. Physics, University of California, Irvine, 2008

Justin Little joins A&A this fall as an assistant professor. He previously served as a research scientist and instructor in the department when he developed the first undergraduate laboratory class on electric propulsion. He was the principal investigator on two projects sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) that investigated how ground test facility conditions influence electric thruster performance measurements. Prior to joining the UW, he was a propulsion research scientist at MSNW LLC, a space propulsion company, where he managed research programs in basic plasma science and electric propulsion.

At the UW, Justin plans to continue his research analyzing the plasma physics that govern electric thruster performance. His work combines theoretical modeling and experimentation to understand the fundamental challenges associated with improving thruster lifetime and efficiency. He plans to develop next-generation electric propulsion systems with applications in space exploration, telecommunications, and military and low-cost small satellites.