Dr. Richard Branam teaches and researches in several areas of space propulsion. His lab actively investigates plasma thrusters, cathodes and laser diagnostics. He has worked with NASA and the U.S. Air Force on several collaborative projects.
He joined the faculty at The University of Alabama in 2014 after 25 years in the Air Force where he served as a researcher and engineer. His Air Force career has provided him with many unique experiences in the areas of space propulsion, systems engineering and program management.
He received his doctorate from Penn State University in 2005. His first faculty appointment was at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Branam has published research on rocket engines, combustion, laser diagnostics, hypersonics, space propulsion, and plasma dynamics.