Associate Professor, Lewis Professorship
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Dr. Sedina Tsikata's research interests are the fundamental nature and applications of magnetized plasmas, with a focus on the development of advanced diagnostics, analysis methods, control, and new plasma devices. Her research has been applied to the study of instabilities and electron features in Hall plasma thrusters for space propulsion and in other magnetized plasma environments relevant to materials processing and accelerator physics. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2023, Dr. Tsikata was a researcher with the CNRS (the National Center for Scientific Research) in France. Dr. Tsikata received graduate degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique in France, and a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



  • Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Lab


  • Propulsion & Combustion

  • PhD, Physics, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • MS, Fluid Mechanics and Energetics, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Distinctions & Awards
  • 2022 William Crookes Prize, co-sponsored by the European Physical Society and Institute of Physics Publishing
  • 2020 Bronze Medal, National Center for Scientific Research, France
  • 2019 AIAA Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in Electric Propulsion
  • 2019 Best Paper, 2017 International Electric Propulsion Conference
  • 2011 René Pellat Prize, French Physics Society