BUSEK LEADERSHIP Vlad Hruby, Ph.D. - President and Founder  
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Vlad is the president and founder of Busek Co. Inc.  His research activities are focused on  micropropulsion including colloid/electrospray thrusters.  In addition to his management function, he is  the company chief scientist with direct technical contributions in propulsion, power management and  distribution, command, control and communication, advanced materials sciences, and electronic  systems.     He was the inventor of a Hall thruster which was the predecessor to the Busek-Primex-  Thruster (BPT) series of Hall thruster's flight qualified and flown on the Advanced EHF Space Vehicle-1  and 2. Vlad has more than 40 years of professional experience and is a world renowned expert in the field of  electric propulsion.  Vlad holds numerous patents for Hall, colloid and RF thrusters and power  processing.   In 2009 Vlad was awarded the Best Paper of the Year Award for his paper for the  development of colloid thruster systems.  He is the Chairmen of the Electric Propulsion Technical  Committee of the AIAA and served two terms on the Plasmadynamics and Lasers Technical Committee.   Vlad's degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology include: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics  and Astronautics (1973),  Master of Science (1975), and Engineer of Aeronautics and Astronautics  (1975).  He received his Ph.D. from Tufts University in 1982.
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