Mitchell M. Shen, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scholar
Office Phone
171 Broadmead, 104-D

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder (2021)
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2017)
B.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2014)




Mitchell Shen is a scientist interested in space plasma, cosmic dust, energetic particles, and heliospheric physics. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on dust detection by electric field antenna instruments using modeling and laboratory measurements. He developed an electrostatic model that can better interpret waveform signals upon dust impacts for characterizing dust distributions and populations in the solar system. His master thesis developed an electron cyclotron resonance ion thruster from scratch in Taiwan. Before entering the doctoral program, he further extended his interest to space weather research (Earth magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling). At Princeton, he focuses on (1) development and calibration of SWAPI & IMAP-Lo instruments in the IMAP mission, (2) energetic particle and dust study using the IS☉IS instrument onboard Parker Solar Probe, and (3) dust environment near Jupiter using Juno/Waves data.

Research Interests:
-    Cosmic dust science & detection via instruments   ⇒ Juno/Waves, Parker/FIELDS, Cassini/RPWS, Parker/IS☉IS, etc.
-    Interaction of heliosphere with local interstellar medium   ⇒ IBEX/IMAP-Lo Science + IMAP/SWAPI
-    Transportation & Acceleration of energetic particles   ⇒ Parker/IS☉IS
-    Space plasmas & Spacecraft charging   ⇒ Voyager/PWS, Parker/FIELDS, etc.
-    Planetary magnetospheres, ionospheres, and atmospheres   ⇒ with collaborators in Taiwan & at NASA GSFC
-    Electric propulsion (e.g., ion thruster, Hall thruster, hollow cathode, etc.)   ⇒ with collaborators in Taiwan

See the full publication list on Google Scholar.