Dan M. Goebel received a B.S. in physics, an M.S. in electrical engineering, and a Ph.D. in applied plasma physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1977, 1978 and 1981 respectively.
He is a Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an Adj. Prof. of Electrical Engineering at USC and an Adj. Prof. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. At JPL he is responsible for the development of high efficiency ion and Hall thrusters and advanced components such as cathodes and grids.
Previously he was a Research Scientist at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA and Principal Scientist at Hughes/Boeing EDD in Torrance, CA where he was the supervisor of the Advanced Technology Group for microwave tube development and the lead scientist of the XIPS ion thruster program for commercial satellite station keeping.
Dr. Goebel is a Fellow of the AIAA, Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and former Chair of the IEEE EDS Technical Committee on Vacuum Devices.
He is the author of over 120 technical journal papers, 140 conference papers, one book entitled Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion: Ion and Hall Thrusters published in 2008, and holds 42 patents.
John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics 2014
For significant advances in the technology of traveling wave tubes and for the development of linear tube-amplifiers for digital communications.