Carmen Guerra García is a Ph.D. student at the Space Propulsion Laboratory of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her focus is in the area of plasma physics and ionized gases with an emphasis on their application to space propulsion and combustion.
She investigates the use of non-equilibrium plasmas for ignition and combustion of fuel/air mixtures. This new technology aims at reducing the temperatures in the combustion chamber, by avoiding excessive heating of the fuel/air mixture and efficiently guiding the input energy towards production of radicals, ions and excited species. Combustion at lower temperatures will potentially reduce NOx emissions, providing a cleaner technology for the use in, for example, gas turbines (used in airplanes) or many kinds of burners.
Prior to her selection as an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, Carmen completed her undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain for which she received the First National Prize in Aeronautical Engineering studies. She then worked for a few years in mission analysis and trajectory design for space missions at Deimos Space, a Spanish Company.
Carmen was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She enjoys working in an international environment and meeting people from different countries. She likes being in the company of her family and friends, having nice dinners (especially Spanish food!), the country side, nature and traveling.