Lon Enloe

United States Air Force Academy, USA


Lon Enloe currently works as a Professor of physics at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo, USA. He earned his B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass, USA, in 1981. Beginning his career as a Research Officer for the United States Air Force, he finished his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, in 1984 while conducting research in the field of pulsed power—specifically, the physics of high-voltage breakdowns in vacuum—at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. He continued this area of research for his doctoral work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA, where he earned his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Nuclear Engineering in 1988. He was then assigned to the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, where he developed charged-particle instrumentation for spacecraft and served as a Principal Investigator for the Charging Hazards and Wake Studies experiment, which flew on two Space Shuttle missions (STS-60 and STS-69) investigating the interaction of charged objects with the rarefied plasma that forms in the wake of low-Earth-orbiting spacecraft. Dr. Enloe finished his military service on the faculty of the United States Air Force Academy, fielding instruments aboard the FalconSAT series of cadet-built microsatellites. After retiring from the Air Force, he spent three years on the Integrated Science and Technology faculty of James Madison University before returning to the Air Force Academy as a Civilian Professor. His current research interests include the physics of the dielectric-barrier-discharge-based aerodynamic plasma actuator, spacecraft/environmental interactions, and the development of unique charged-particle instruments for laboratory- and space-based plasma research.

Biography Updated on 3 February 2013

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