Kentaro Hara

Assistant Professor

K Hara 2016 Ue

Office: HRBB 607A
Phone: 979.862.1660
Fax: 979.845.6051

Research website

Research Interests

  • Electric Propulsion
  • Plasma Physics and Applications
  • Kinetic Theory and Simulations
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Awards & Honors

  • Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award, 2018
  • JPL Summer Faculty Research Fellow, 2017
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)
  • IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Scholarship Award (2015)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, 41st IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (2014)
  • Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement, University of Michigan (2013)
  • Best Student Presentation Award, 41th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (2010)


  • Ph.D, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Plasma Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2015
  • M.Eng., Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo, 2010
  • B.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo, 2008

Selected Publications

K. Hara, I. Barth, E. Kaminski, I. Y. Dodin, and N. J. Fisch, "Kinetic simulations of ladder climbing by electron plasma waves", Physical Review E, 95, 053212 (2017)

K. M. Hanquist, K. Hara, and I. D. Boyd, "Detailed Modeling of Electron Emission for Transpiration Cooling of Hypersonic Vehicles", Journal of Applied Physics 121, 053302 (2017)

K. Hara, T. Chapman, J. W. Banks, S. Brunner, I. Joseph, R. L. Berger, and I. D. Boyd, "Quantitative study of trapped particle bunching instability in Langmuir waves", Physics of Plasmas 22, 022104, (2015)

K. Hara, M. J. Sekerak, I. D. Boyd, and A. D. Gallimore, "Perturbation analysis of ionization oscillations in Hall eff ect thrusters", Physics of Plasmas 21, 122103, (2014)

K. Hara, M. J. Sekerak, I. D. Boyd, and A. D. Gallimore, "Mode transition of a Hall thruster discharge plasma", Journal of Applied Physics 115, 203304 (2014)

K. Hara, I. D. Boyd, and V. I. Kolobov, "One-dimensional hybrid-direct kinetic simulation of the discharge plasma in a Hall thruster", Physics of Plasmas 19, 113508 (2012)