Jack D. Whitfield Professor, Associate Professor
Trevor Moeller, Jack D. Whitfield Professor, is a faculty member 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-speed flows and 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 $8M, including electric propulsion thruster and chemical rocket programs. His current research involves development of electrospray thrusters, hypersonic flow environments, simulation of space environments, and advanced manufacturing applied to these areas. He has more than 70 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).
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.
Research Associate Professor
Lino Costa is a Research Associate Professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, and a Licentiate in Physics, from the University of Lisbon, in Portugal. He has over 20 years of experience in laser materials processing, contributing 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 ultrafast-laser micromachining for numerous applications. He also works on synthesis of nanofluids, characterization of materials, and development of electrospray thrusters for nanosatellite propulsion.