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Sedwick, Raymond J.

Keystone Associate Professor, Director CODER
Aerospace Engineering
3146 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland
Phone: 
301-405-0111

Research Interests: 

Research in space power and propulsion, applications of plasmas.

Education: 
  • B.S., Penn State University (Aerospace Engineering)
  • S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics and Astronautics)
Teaching: 
 
Undergraduate
  • ENES232: Thermodynamics, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
  • ENAE414: Aerodynamics II, Spring 2008, 2009
  • ENAE457: Space Propulsion and Power, Fall 2008 – 2014
  • ENAE464: Aerospace Engineering Laboratory, Spring 2012 – 2014
Graduate
  • ENAE663: Intro to Plasmas for Space Power and Propulsion, Sp10, Sp12, Sp14
  • ENAE667: Advanced Space Propulsion and Power, F07, F10, F12, F14
Background: 

Dr. Raymond J. Sedwick is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Maryland where he has been since Fall of 2007. He is also recognized as a Keystone Professor within the A. James Clark School of Engineering and is the Director of the Aerospace Engineering Honors Program. Dr. Sedwick’s current research includes orbital debris remediation, RF plasma generation for space propulsion, plasma assisted combustion and catalyzed decomposition, ion plume material impact damage, and novel fusion confinement for space and terrestrial power applications. His research interests include a variety of in-space power generation and propulsion technologies, with particular interest in nuclear systems and the applications of plasmas. Dr. Sedwick was the inaugural recipient of the Bepi Colombo Prize, as well as the recipient of an NSF CAREER award on the development of compact helicon sources. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and serves on the AIAA Nuclear and Future Flight Technical Committee. Dr. Sedwick received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University in 1992, and an MS and PhD from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1994 and 1997.

Honors and Awards: 
  • Raymond Bisplinghoff Teaching Fellowship (MIT)
  • NASA MSFC Summer Faculty Fellowship
  • NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Fellow
  • Bepi Columbo Prize (University of Padua, Italy)
Professional Memberships: 
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Astronautical Society (AAS)
  • American Physical Society (APS)

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Selected Publications: 
  • Sedwick, R.J., Kerrebrock, J.L. and D.A. Zayas, “Magnetohydrodynamic Vortex Containment for Gas Core Nuclear Propulsion, Part I: Concept Overview”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 23, No. 1, Jan-Feb 2007.
  • Sedwick, R.J. and D.A. Zayas, “Magnetohydrodynamic Vortex Containment, Part II: Equilibrium of Uranium Fluoride Fuel in Hydrogen Propellant”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 23, No. 1, Jan-Feb 2007.
  • Sedwick, R.J. and D.A. Zayas, “Magnetohydrodynamic Vortex Containment, Part III: 1-D Axisymmetric Flow Model”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 23, No. 2, Mar-Apr 2007.
  • Sedwick, R.J. and D.A. Zayas, “Magnetohydrodynamic Vortex Containment, Part IV: System Performance Assessment”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 23, No. 2, Mar-Apr 2007.
  • Elias, L.M., D.W. Kwon, R.J. Sedwick and D.W. Miller, "Electromagnetic Formation Flight Dynamics including Reaction Wheel Gyroscopic Stiffening Effects" Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 2, Mar-Apr. 2007, pp. 499-511.
  • Schweighart, S.A. and R.J. Sedwick, “Cross-Track Motion of Satellite Formations in the Presence of J2 Disturbances”, AIAA Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, Vol 28, No. 4, Jul-Aug 2005.
  • McGuire, T.J. and R. J. Sedwick, “Improved Confinement in Inertial Electrostatic Confinement for Fusion Space Power Reactors”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 21, No. 4, Jul-Aug 2005.
  • Kong, E.M.C, D.W. Kwon, S.A. Schweighart, L.M. Elias, R.J. Sedwick and D.W. Miller, “Electromagnetic Formation Flight for Multi-Satellite Arrays”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol 41, No. 4, Jul-Aug 2004.
  • Schweighart, S.A. and R.J. Sedwick, “High-Fidelity Linearized J2 Model for Satellite Formation Flying”, Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, Vol 25 No. 6, Nov-Dec, 2002.
  • Enright, J.P., R.J. Sedwick and D.W. Miller, “High-Fidelity Simulation for Spacecraft Autonomy Development”, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1, March 2002.
  • Jilla C.D, D.W. Miller and R.J.Sedwick, "Application of Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Techniques to Distributed Satellite Systems", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2000.