Richard Obenchain

Ph.D. Student, GSR


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Rich is a 1st-year PhD student in Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been working with the research group since 2019. His primary interest is in modeling plasma physics as related to high-energy electric propulsion systems; he has also worked with cold atmospheric plasmas in various applications. He is currently working under a fellowship from the UCLA SEAS Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Prior to obtaining his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2021, Rich had extensive experience working in various industries as a systems analyst and administrator. His background has focused primarily on information and data management, including acting as data broker and statistician on over a dozen medical research papers. He has led international projects involving users and technical staff from multiple countries, often acting as the liaison between technical and non-technical personnel.