Mitchell M. Shen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office Phone
171 Broadmead, 200-E

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 postdoc interested in space plasma, cosmic dust, and energetic particles. 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) the development of SWAPI/IMAP-Lo instruments in the IMAP mission, (2) energetic particle study using the IS☉IS instrument onboard Parker Solar Probe, and (3) dust environment near Jupiter using Juno/Waves data. He also collaborates with the PSP/FIELDS group to analyze dust impacts associated with the space plasma environment.

Research Interests:
-    Cosmic dust & Dust detection by electric field instruments
-    Interaction of heliosphere with local interstellar medium
-    Transportation & Acceleration of energetic particles
-    Space plasmas & Spacecraft charging
-    Planetary magnetospheres, ionospheres, and atmospheres
-    Electric propulsion (e.g., ion thruster, Hall thruster, hollow cathode, etc.)

See the full publication list on Google Scholar.