Wayne Sawka

Digital Solid State Propulsion Incorporated (DSSP),

Dr. Wayne Sawka is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Solid State Propulsion (DSSP) Incorporated, where he focuses on applying ionic energetic materials for defense, entertainment, and downhole use. In 2013, he was awarded “Best Solid Rocketry Paper of the Year” by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, recognizing his years of electric propellant development. In 2014, DSSP flew the first ionic propellant thrusters in space aboard the Naval Research Laboratory’s “SpinSat.” Prior to establishing DSSP, Dr. Sawka worked at Aerojet, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and University of California (UC), Davis. He holds a B.S. from UC Santa Barbara; an M.S. from UC Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University at the Research School of Earth Sciences.