Independent Research Professional
Living in ColumbiaMDUS
Ph.D. JHU Physics 79, MA JHU Physics 75
BS MIT Physics 68
About Robert Terry
Robert E. Terry received the B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, followed by the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1968, 1975, and 1978, respectively. He is currently an independent research scientist and was a senior research physicist affiliated with Enig Associates of Bethesda, MD from 2007 to 2014. From 1985 to 2007, Dr. Terry worked with the Radiation Hydrodynamics Branch of the Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). From 1979 to 1984 he worked with the theoretical physics division of Jaycor, Inc in Alexandria, VA. Joining NRL in 1985, he has worked on plasma radiation source (PRS) dynamics, power flow, plasma flow and reflex triode switches, magnetic interlayer pinches, gyrokinetic flows and microturbulence, RF discharge theory, plasma chemistry, and specialized wire z-pinch models. His current research interests include novel fluid particle models, climate physics, polywell fusion schemes, in-situ fuel production for Mars, Mars sample return missions, EDL at Mars, as well as novel schemes for electric propulsion. At Enig, he served as the Principal Investigator on a DARPA sponsored research effort in high altitude heat rejection. A founding lifetime member of the Mars Society, he works as the Director of Aerospace Education for the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Dr. Terry maintains a local web discussion list focused on Mars exploration.