Dr. Amelia Greig has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Science (majoring in Theoretical Physics) from the University of Adelaide, where she won the Most Innovative Honours Project award for the design, build and test of Australia’s first atmospheric plasma thruster. She completed her PhD in Physics at the Australian National University using experiments and simulations to validate the design of a new electrothermal plasma micro-thruster, known as ‘Pocket Rocket’, designed for use on CubeSats. (

At Cal Poly, Dr Greig teaches courses in spacecraft propulsion and the space environment. She also leads the Aerospace Engineering Department’s micro-propulsion research activities looking into new and novel micro-propulsion systems for small satellites with a focus on CubeSats. Continued work on the Pocket Rocket plasma thruster is her main research focus, with additional research into solid propellant thrusters on the horizon.

Outside of work she is a competitive highland (Scottish) dancer, and has competed at events around the World and performed in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. She also enjoys playing and umpiring field hockey, and exploring America’s National and State Parks on her motorbike.

Research Interests

  • Micro-Propulsion
  • Plasma Applications in Aerospace
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control

Office Hours for Spring 2019

W: 11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m