Dr. Claude R. Phipps

Dr. Phipps is currently a managing partner for Photonic Associates, LLC which specializes in in laser space propulsion systems and concepts. Examples include the high-thrust and high-exhaust velocity versions of the laser plasma thruster (LPT) which have applications in satellite propulsion. Dr. Phipps holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and obtaind both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs


Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His primary teaching and research interests generally encompass the study of thermodynamics, and more specifically center on internal combustion engines. Including internships at Detroit Diesel and General Motors Research & Development, he has over 10 years experience in internal combustion engine research and development. His research group at Texas A&M University has made contributions to improving the emissions and efficiency of diesel engines by studying unconventional fuels such as biodiesel and natural gas and developing novel modes of combustion.

Since arriving at Texas A&M in Fall 2006, Dr. Jacobs has served as principal investigator on over $1.5M of sponsored research, and an additional $1.7M as co-principal investigator. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, two book chapters, and over 20 conference and workshop presentations. On two occasions Dr. Jacobs has received SAE’s Excellence in Oral Presentation for papers presented at SAE’s World Congress.

His educational efforts have earned him several teaching and education awards, including 2011 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2010 Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award – College Level, 2009-10 Texas A&M’s Montague-CTE Excellence in Teaching Scholar Award, and 2009 Peggy L. and Charles L. Brittan Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Dr. Jacobs serves as Assistant Vice-Chair of the Internal Combustion Engine Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Outreach Chair for the Central States Section of the Combustion Institute, and the faculty adviser for the Texas A&M Student Chapter of SAE. Dr. Jacobs received his BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees (mechanical engineering) at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).