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Lubos Brieda

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Part-Time Lecturer of Astronautical Engineering


  • 2012, Doctoral Degree, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
  • 2005, Master's Degree, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech


Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University, 2012
M.Sc., Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2005
B.Sc., Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2003

Work Experience:
2019-Present: Lecturer, USC
2012-Present: President, Particle in Cell Consulting LLC, Westlake Village, CA
2008-2012: Contamination Engineer, MEI Inc, NASA Goddard SFC, MD
2005-2008: Research Engineer, Air Force Research Lab, Edwards AFB, CA

Research Summary

My primary focus is on using numerical simulation methods such as Particle in Cell and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo to model low density plasmas and rarefied gases. I have developed numerous high performance tools for modeling interaction between plasma electric propulsion spacecraft thruster plumes and spacecraft, as well as tools for modeling the evolution of molecular and particulate contamination during spacecraft testing, deployment, and operation. Furthermore, I am also interested in experimental code validation, and the use of embedded systems, such as the Arduino, in scientific computing.

  • Astronautical Engineering

  • OHE 550J
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information
  • brieda@usc.edu


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