Elaine Petro is the 2018-19 Lockheed Martin Scholar and second year ARCS/MWC Scholar. Dr. Petro studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. Her research is in theoretical modeling and design of a water propelled plasma thruster for in-space propulsion applications such as low-cost orbit maintenance and deep space exploration missions. Elain graduated with her Ph.D. in May 2019. Next step will be a one year post-doc at the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Propulsion Lab.