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Trevor Moeller

Trevor Moeller


Associate Professor

Trevor Moeller is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1998, MS in Mechanical Engineering from UT in 1993, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1991. Moeller specializes in high temperature gases and plasmas and air plasmas, having experience in both modeling and experimentation. Since joining UTSI, Moeller has been the principal investigator of programs with funding of more than $4M, including electric propulsion thruster and rocket programs requiring detailed plasma diagnostics and plasma simulations. He has also served as principal investigator of programs to develop/model probes for high-enthalpy flows. In addition to these current programs, he directed many of the technology development efforts for InnovaTek, Inc, a small business in Washington. His efforts at InnovaTek included participation in the development of InnovaTek’s atmospheric air plasma decontamination system, which was shown to effectively destroy chemical and biological warfare agents on surfaces. Moeller also helped develop InnovaTek’s patented mini-cyclone aerosol collector technology, used to collect airborne particles for chemical analysis. He has more than 41 papers in journals and conference proceedings and has received one patent. He is a reviewer for NSF and many international journals. Moeller has served on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society (2005-2008) and is a current member of the AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Technical Committee (2007-present).

Montgomery Smith

Monty Smith


Associate Professor

Professor Smith received a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Rhodes College in 1978, and B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee in Electrical Engineering in 1982, 1984 and 1988, respectively. He has previously worked as an Assistant Physicist for Southern Research Institute in Birmingham AL (1978 – 1979), a Radiological Physicist for the Tennessee Department of Public Health in Nashville TN (1980 – 1981), and a Research Engineer for the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma TN (1984 -1989). From 1989 to 1996, he was an Assistant Professor for University of Tennessee Space Institute, and from 1996 to 2012, served as an Associate Professor. In the summers of 1997 and 1998, he was a Summer Faculty Fellow at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL. His research and teaching interests include the general fields of optics, signal processing, and communications theory, with specialized involvement in electronic and optical diagnostic techniques emphasizing post-acquisition algorithms for data processing and analysis utilizing digital signal and image processing. Smith has published 23 refereed journal articles, primarily in IEEE and OSA journals, 25 conference presentations, and 5 book chapters. He has served as Major Professor for 25 M.S. students in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Science. His professional activities include Senior Member of the IEEE, and Member of the OSA, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee, License #022307.

Lino Costa

Lino Costa


Research Assistant Professor

Lino Costa is a Research Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, and a Licentiate in Physics, from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Costa has over 15 years of experience in laser materials processing, having contributed to the advancement of laser-based additive manufacturing of metals, laser alloying and cladding of surfaces for extreme environments, laser-assisted synthesis of refractory coatings for ultra-high temperature applications, and femtosecond laser micromachining of microfluidic devices. Costa has also made significant strides on the fabrication and functionalization of mil-tall piles of polymer nanofibers formed using nanoimprinting methods. Costa carries out his research at the Center for Laser Applications, a Center of Excellence of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, located at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Costa has authored over 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent reviewer for the Rapid Prototyping Journal and Surface and Coatings Technology.

Graduate Research Assistants

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Full-time GRAs

John Allman

Josh Allman

George Ashe

George Ashe

Nicholas Bartlett

Nick Bartlett

Caitlin Bunce

Caitlin Bunce

Adam Croft

Kenneth Adam Croft

Joshua Howell

Joshua Howell

Adam Huller

Adam Huller

Christian Sharpe

Christian Sharpe

Tyler Sundstrom

Tyler Sundstrom

Chase Wirick

Chase Wirick