Arifur Khan

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Arifur R Khan
Associate Professor of Practice, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering - University Studies/Entering Student Program

Dr. Khan is an Associate Professor of Practice at The University of Texas at El Paso. He obtained his BS and MS degree in Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Ph.D. in Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering from the School of Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. His research involvement was Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) to prepare MOSFET, Transistor, p-n junction, etc., development of passive spacecraft charge neutralizer (Electron Emitting Film, ELF) and Surface Charging Monitor (SCM), double Langmuir Probe (DLP) with space grade circuitry, 3D printer for spacecraft, etc. Dr. Khan is also an expert on space environment durability testing of Spacecraft/Payload/Subsystem/Unit based on ISO standards, studying space-grade material's properties changes due to space environment interactions (UV, low- and high-density plasma, High voltage, Atomic Oxygen, degassing, Thermal fluctuation, etc), circuit designing, testing and payload development, machine-computer interface, etc. He was/is an active member of various satellite projects such as Horyu-II, Horyu-IV, BIRDS-1, (Japan), Micro-Dragon (Vietnam), OF-II (UTEP), etc. Dr. Khan is working on the building of small spacecraft testing laboratory (Spacecraft Design and Engineering Facility) with the teaching of graduate and undergraduate students. His classroom teaching focus is on hands-on learning. Dr. Khan is a senior member of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomic (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a regular reviewer of many scientific research journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, etc.


  1. Additive material for space application
  2. Space sensor development
  3. Space Environment interaction
  4. Material-Energy interaction
  5. Charge transportation through space materials
  6. High-voltage effect in space
  7. Electrostatic discharge mitigation
  8. Space arching mitigation
  9. Space -grade Circuits
  10. Small Spacecraft manufacturing and testing
  11. UV radiation effect
  12. Space Plasma
  13. Atomic oxygen effect
  14. Spacecraft's charging mitigation
  15. Space Energy harvesting
  16. Heat transfer in Space. Interactive classroom teaching
  17. Mechatronics
  18. Electromechanical System.