Matthew Isakowitz Fellow, Class of 2019
Current School: University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
Host Company: The Aerospace Corporation
Gary Li is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate majoring in Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. As a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, he works in the UCLA Plasma and Space Propulsion Lab to improve the performance of plasma thrusters and nuclear fusion reactors by researching novel micro-engineered materials. Gary is passionate about human space exploration and believes advanced propulsion research will get us to Mars and beyond. He has presented his research in the Grad Slam competition, winning 1st place at UCLA, given a public talk at TEDxUCLA in 2017, and published multiple popular science articles that have been featured on BusinessInsider and space.com. He was also a participant of the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge to design a lunar refueling port using water ice mined on the moon.