From the General Chair                                                      


On behalf of the 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) organizing committee, we welcome you to the 2017 IEPC. The conference takes place Sunday, October 8, 2017, to Thursday, October 12, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Sponsored by the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society (ERPS), the 2017 IEPC is the premier venue for researchers, developers, managers, and students from around the world to meet and discuss the latest in the field of electric propulsion.

Conference topics cover the entire spectrum of electric propulsion research, development, and applications.  Research topic areas include, for example, experimental and numerical investigations of technologies such as ion thrusters, Hall effect thrusters, arc and resistojets, MPDTs and FRCs, as well as basic plasma processes, diagnostics, and mission trade studies. Papers will be presented on essentially all on-going and planned applications.  The 2017 IEPC provides a perfect forum to present recent research findings as well as an unequaled opportunity to learn of new developments, meet with colleagues, and establish new business contacts.

The Conference takes place every other year, alternating between locations inside and outside of the United States. The 2017 IEPC will be held at the Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is one of the best engineering institutions in the world and features the High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory (HPEPL) as part of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. The HPEPL performs world-class theoretical and experimental research focused on advanced spacecraft propulsion systems, diagnostics, and plasma physics.

During your time at the IEPC, you will have opportunities enjoy the beautiful Georgia Tech campus and explore state-of-the-art research facilities as well as extraordinary local attractions including, e.g., Olympic Park, the CNN Center, the Botanical Gardens, the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame, and the Millennium Gate Musem. Conference activities include an Opening Reception at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, the Poster Competition at TopGolf, and the Gala Dinner at the Georgia Aquarium.

I sincerely hope that you actively participate in the 35th IEPC and that it will be a beneficial and rewarding experience for you. Please visit our website frequently for important updates and information to assist you in your travel planning.

We look forward to seeing you at the 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference.



Dr. Mitchell L. R. Walker, II 

Conference Chair

IEPC 2017