Shehan Parmar

  • Program Year: 3
  • Academic Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Jesse McDaniel
  • Practicum(s):
    Argonne National Laboratory (2022)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2023)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Astronautical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2019


Shehan M. Parmar, D. Depew, R. Wirz, and G. Vaghjiani. Structural Properties of HEHN and HEHN-based Ionic Liquid Mixtures: A Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Study. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 2023 127 (40), 8616-8633. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.3c02649. Editor’s Choice.

Enomoto, T., Parmar, S.M., Yamada, R. et al. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Ion Extraction from Nanodroplets for Ionic Liquid Electrospray Thrusters. J Electr Propuls 1, 13 (2022).

Shehan M. Parmar, Adam L. Collins and Richard E. Wirz. A Bayesian Data-driven Model for Quantifying Electrospray Lifetime. International Electric Propulsion Conference. Boston, MA. June 2022.

Shehan M. Parmar, Adam L. Collins and Richard E. Wirz. "Electrospray Plume Modeling for Rapid Life and Performance Analysis," AIAA 2022-1357. AIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum. January 2022.

D. Depew, J. Wang, S. Parmar, S. Chambreau, D. Bedrov, A. van Duin, G. Vaghjiani. "Thermal Decomposition of Hydroxylammonium Nitrate: ReaxFF Training Set Development for Molecular Dynamics Simulations." AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition. Indianapolis, IN. August 2019. Technical Paper Session.

K. Decker, J. Gaither, S. Parmar, J. Swan. "Particle Containment Assurance for Mars Sample Return Mission. Senior Design Project Presentation" at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Pasadena, Ca. February 2019.

Shehan M. Parmar and Slyvain Piqueux. "Micro-Cold Trap Detection and Characterization on the Lunar Surface" at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Presentation. Pasadena, CA. August 2018.

Shehan M. Parmar et al. "Reactive Molecular Dynamics Analysis of Spacecraft Monopropellants." USC Undergraduate Research Symposium. Los Angeles, CA. April 2018. URL (LinkedIn):


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention, 2021
UCLA Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department Fellow, 2021
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Semi-Finalist, 2020
Viterbi School of Engineering Best Research Paper Award, 2019
Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF) Scholarship, 2015-2019
Dean's List, U of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, 2017, 2018, 2019
Stillman Scholarship, 2016
Questbridge Finalist, 2015