Beneficiary Designation

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Christopher Roper
Dr.Burke/Dodson Award
Ph.D. Student, Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Third Year ARCS Scholar

Chris graduated in 2018 with a B.S. dual-degree in Physics from the University of West Georgia and Mechanical Engineering from Kennesaw State with minors in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics. He earned his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2021. Chris has been awarded a M.S. and Ph.D. GEM Fellowship, SREB Fellowship, and Herbert P. Haley Fellowship, GFSD Fellow, Ford Fellowship, and DOE NNSA Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship in support for his graduate school career. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Chris conducted research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA Glenn, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interest focuses on space accelerators beam-plasma interactions, and plasma physics for basic science and direct energy applications. In his spare time, he enjoys various activities such as basketball, hiking, reading, and playing musical instruments for leisure.