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Michael Winter, Ph.D.

  • Institute of Research for Technology Development

Senior Research Scientist, Research Fellow





1993 – Scientific collaborator at the Institute of Space Systems, Universität Stuttgart

2005 – Vice lab manager, Division Space Transportation Technology, Institute of Space Systems, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

2008 – Senior Research Scientist at Laboratoire EM2C, Ecole Centrale Paris, France

2009 – Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center through University Affiliated Research Center, UC Santa Cruz, USA

2010 – Task Manager High Enthalpy Environments,UARC, UC Santa Cruz, USA

2012 – Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky


2006 – Dissertation: „Emission Spectroscopic Investigation of the Flow Field around a Blunt Body in a High Enthalpy Flow“, Institute of Space Systems, Universität Stuttgart.

1993 – Diploma (MS equivalent) in aerospace engineering from Universität Stuttgart


  • Winter, M. W., McDaniel, R. D., Chen, Y. K., Liu, Y. Saunders, D. Jenniskens, P., Radiation Modeling for the Reentry of the Hayabusa Sample Return Capsule, AIAA-2012-1296, 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, 9 – 12 Jan 2012.
  • Winter, M., D. Prabhu, D., Raiche, G., Terrazas-Salinas, I., Hui, F., Emission Spectroscopic Measure­ments with an Optical Probe in the NASA Ames IHF Arc Jet Facility, AIAA-2012-1016, 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, 9 – 12 Jan 2012.
  • Winter, M. W. and Prabhu, D. K., Excited State Chemistry in the Free Stream of the NASA IHF Arc Jet Facility Observed by Emission Spectroscopy, 42nd AIAA Thermophysics Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, 27 – 30 Jun 2011.
  • MWinter, M., Trumble, K., Spectroscopic Observation of the STARDUST Re-Entry in the Near UV with SLIT: Deduction of Surface Temperatures and Plasma Radiation, Journal of Spaceplanes and Rockets, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 59-71, January-February 2011.
  • Winter, M. W., Prabhu, D. K., Taunk, J. S., and Terrazas-Salinas, I. “Emission Spectroscopic Measure­ments in the Plenum of the NASA IHF Arc Jet Facility,” 10th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference, Chicago, IL, 28 Jun – 1 Jul 2010.
  • Laux, C., Winter, M., Merrifield, J., Smith, A., Tran, P., Influence of Ablation Products on the Radiation at the Surface of a Blunt Hypersonic Vehicle at 10 km/s, AIAA-2009-3925, 41st AIAA Thermophysics Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 22-25, 2009.
  • Winter, M., Molecular emission during the ATV Re-Entry Example Spectra of possible candidate molecules, report to ESA to support analysis of the ATV re-entry observation, Mountain View, CA, May 2009.
  • Winter, M.: Emissionsspektroskopische Untersuchung der Umströmung von Probenkörpern in hochenthalpen Plasmaströmungen / Emission Spectroscopic Investigation of the Flow Field around a Blunt Body in a High Enthalpy Flow, Dissertation (in German), Universität Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 2006.
  • Winter, M., Eichhorn, C., Auweter-Kurtz, M., Pfrommer, T. Status on Plasma Diagnostic Measurements on a RIT-10 Ion Thruster, IEPC-2007-173, 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Florence, Italy, September 17-20, 2007
  • Winter, M. W., Nada, T. R. Auweter-Kurtz, M., Haag, D., Fertig, M., Investigation of Nozzle Geometry Effects on the Onset of Plasma Instabilities in High Power Steady State MPD Thrusters, 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Sacramento, CA, July 9-12, 2006
  • Pfrommer, T., Auweter-Kurtz, M. and Winter, M.: Fabry-Perot Interferometry on Xenon for Future Application with Radio-frequency Ion Thrusters (RIT), Space Technology Education Conference STEC 2005, Aalborg, Denmark, April 2005.
  • Winter, M., Fertig, M., Auweter-Kurtz, M.: Status of the Re-Entry Spectrometer System RESPECT as a Payload on the European Re-entry Capsule EXPERT, 4th International Symposium on Atmospheric Reentry Vehicles & Systems Arcachon, 21-23 March, 2005
  • Winter, M. W. and Auweter-Kurtz,M., Status on Molecular Simulation Capabilities of PARADE and EMCAL and Comparison with Experimental Data in High Spectral Resolution, 5th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles, Köln, Deutschland, 8–11.11.2004.
  • Winter, M., Auweter-Kurtz, M., Heiermann, J., Wegmann, T, Experimental and Numerical Investigation of High Power Steady State MPD-Thrusters with Ra­diation and Water-Cooled Anodes, IEPC-03-207, 28th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Toulouse, France, 2003.
  • Auweter-Kurtz, M., Feigl, M., Winter, M.: Diagnostic Tools for Plasma Wind Tunnels and Reentry Vehicles at the IRS, RTO-EN-8. AC/323(AVT)TP/23, RTO Educational Notes 8, April 2000; von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, RTO AVT/VKI Special Course on Measurement Techniques for High Enthalpy Plasma Flows, Belgium, Oktober 1999.
  • Winter, M. W., Kanne, S., Lonschinski, J., Auweter-Kurtz, M., Frühauf, H.-H.,Proposal for a Reentry Experiment Using a Newly Developed Spectrometer, 3rd European Symposium on Aerothermo­dynamics for Space Vehicles, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 24-26 November 1998
  • Winter, M. W., Auweter-Kurtz, M., Kurtz, H. L., Sleziona, P.C., Evaluation of Cathode Temperature Distribution in a Cylindrical MPD Thruster, 24th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Moskau, Russia, September 1995.

Research Interests:

  • Optical Plasma Diagnostics
  • Aerospace Sciences & Technology
  • Electric Propulsion
  • Heat Transfer & Combustion