Current Faculty Mentor

Michael Goryll, Ph.D.

 Dr. Michael Goryll

Electricial Engineering

Michael Goryll joined the Arizona State University faculty in 2007. He is an associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. He received a doctorate in physics in 2000 and a diploma in physics in 1997, both from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He performed his postdoctoral research on biosensors at ASU (2003-2005). Before joining ASU as faculty member, Goryll spent several years at the Research Centre Juelich, the largest national research lab in Germany, focusing on SiGe Chemical Vapor Deposition and biosensor development.

Goryll’s areas of expertise include Si and SiGe Chemical Vapor Deposition, self-organization phenomena during semiconductor growth, surface and interface physics, strain in semiconductors, new materials in CMOS processing.

His focus within the Sun Devil Satellite Laboratory is mentoring the Pulsed Plasma Thruster team and securing the club’s future in vacuum testing of spacecraft parts developed as a part of the projects.

Past Faculty Mentor

Daniel B. White, Ph.D.


Dr. Daniel White

Aerospace Engineering & Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Daniel White is a former lecturer and professor of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanical Engineering in the School of Matter, Transport & Energy at Arizona State University. He now teaches at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where he serves as an associate professor and mentor of the Space Grant program. 

As an expert in aerospace research and most notably electric propulsion, Dr. White served as a fantastic mentor to  the Sun Devil Satellite Lab from 2015-2017. His current research includes pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs), flexible solar arrays, attitude determination & control systems, rocket propulsion, and CubeSat power generation.