Ikkoh Funaki received the B.S. degree from the Department of Aeronautics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1990 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. During 1995 and 2001, he was a part-time Lecturer, then a Research Associate with the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Kanagawa, Japan, where he engaged himself in developing the microwave discharge ion engines. In 2001, he became a Lecturer with University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan. In 2003, he joined the Department of Space Transportation Engineering, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Kanagawa, Japan, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interests are in electric and other advanced spacecraft propulsion systems, plasma application in space, and space plasma physics.
Biography Updated on 12 January 2011