Dr. Anton VanderWyst

Anton VanderWyst
Aerospace Engineer

Staff Member:

Favorite Quote:
"...much harm has been done both to the development of aeroplanes and to the good repute of genuine aeroplane designers by people who pose as 'aeronautical experts' on the strength of being able to turn out strings of incomprehensible calculations resulting from empirical formulae based on debatable figures acquired from inconclusive experiments carried out by persons of doubtful reliability on instruments of problematic accuracy."
- C. G. Grey, 1915

Favorite Vehicle:
The most remarkable research vehicle of the X-series bridged the gap between air and space flight. Half plane, half rocket, the North American X-15 took test pilots to the edge of space for the first time.

Biography: Dr. Anton VanderWyst holds masters and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering as well as bachelors degrees in economics and mechanical engineering. He is currently a senior multi-disciplined engineer at a major aerospace company where he specializes in electric propulsion systems for spacecraft applications. Anton previously conducted research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory while completing his dissertation on advanced electric thruster technologies. He also traveled abroad as a visiting research scientist in Austria. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Anton enjoys outreach activities designed to educate and excite students about careers in the sciences. He has volunteered to give presentations on topics like Martian rover design, microgravity experiences, physics, biology, chemistry, and career selection at numerous schools ranging from grade 1 through university level.

Professional Interests: Data analysis, rarefied gas dynamics, hypersonics, computational fluid dynamics, simulation, scientific computing, mathematical modeling, thermodynamics, microdroplets, level sets, surface advection, electric propulsion, boundary element method, field emission electric propulsion, colloid thruster, Taylor cone, space propulsion.

Personal Interests:

Selected Memberships:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electric Rocket Propulsion Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Selected Honors & Awards:

  • NASA Graduate Fellowship, 2002-2005
  • NSF International Fellowship, 2003
  • University of Michigan Aerospace Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • NASA Johnson Space Center "Flown Flag," 1999
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer of Year Award, 1999
  • Engineering Alumni Scholar, 1999
  • Selected Publications:

  • VanderWyst, A., Christlieb, A., Sussman, M., Boyd, I. Field Emission Electric Propulsion (FEEP) Droplet Evolution Based on Level Set and Boundary Integral Methods, Communications in Computational Physics, 2(4):640-661. 2007.
  • Ahmad, A., VanderWyst, A. Jenkins, D., Shroud Debris Modeling Techniques for IR Sensors in Space, New Developments in Optomechanics, SPIE Symposium on Optical Engineering, Aug. 2007.
  • VanderWyst, A., Christlieb, A., Sussman, M. Boyd, I. Boundary Integral Formulation of Electric Fields in Levelset Simulation of Charged Droplets, 36th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, June 2005.
  • VanderWyst, A., Beyer, J., Passow, C., Paulson, A. and Rowland, C. Power Generation and Energy Usage in a Pressurized Mars Rover, Chapter in Martian Expedition Planning, C.S. Cockell (editor), American Astronautical Society, 2003.
  • VanderWyst, A., Christlieb, A. and Boyd, I. Sensor Design of JPL’s UHV Chamber, Final Technical Report for NASA JPL, March 2003.

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