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Eleftherios “Terry” Gdoutos, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Dr. Terry Gdoutos studies ultralight spacecraft structures, focusing on the design, construction, and analysis of highly shape-accurate carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) deployable prototypes. He is currently working on laboratory-scale proof-of-concept structures for the Space Solar Power Project, a large spacecraft mission to collect solar power in space, convert it to radio frequency, and wirelessly transmit the power to Earth, providing limitless on-demand energy anywhere in the world.

Most recently, Dr. Gdoutos, with a multi-disciplinary team of postdocs and students, developed performance metrics and coordinated the design, component fabrication, and assembly of the lightest, by a factor of 10, experimentally validated prototype integrating solar power collection and wireless transmission.

Dr. Gdoutos also has experience in failure analysis and lifetime assessment of complex thermomechanical systems in rail, mining, and chemical processing. He completed his Ph.D. in Aeronautics at Caltech in 2013 and holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.


1.      R. Agrawal, B. Peng, E. Gdoutos, H.D. Espinosa, Elasticity Size Effects in ZnO Nanowires – a Combined Experimental-Computational Approach, Nano Letters 2008

2.      E. Gdoutos, R. Agrawal, H. Espinosa, Comparison of the Ewald and Wolf methods for Modeling Electrostatic Interactions in Nanowires, Int. J. of Numerical Methods in Eng. 2010

3.      E. Gdoutos, A.A. Shapiro, C. Daraio, Thin and Thermally Stable Periodic Metastructures, Experimental Mechanics 2013

4.      R. Toda, V.E. White, H. Manohara, K.D. Patterson, N. Yamamoto, E. Gdoutos, J.B. Steeves, C. Daraio, S. Pellegrino, Fabrication Methods for Adaptive Deformable Mirrors, NASA Tech Briefs 2013

5.      N. Yamamoto, E. Gdoutos, C. Daraio, Engineered thin films with ultra-low thermal expansion coefficient for deployable or deformable space structures, 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2013

6.      N. Yamamoto, E. Gdoutos, C. Daraio, Fabrication and Characterization of Bi-metallic, Structured Films with Ultra-Low Thermal Expansion, Experimental Mechanics of Composite, Hybrid, and Multifunctional Materials, Volume 6 pp 85-88, 2013

7.      N. Yamamoto, E. Gdoutos, C. Daraio, Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Structured Thin Films with Tunable, Ultra-low Thermal Expansion, VI International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures – Structural Membranes, 2013

8.      N. Yamamoto, E. Gdoutos, R. Toda, V. White, H. Manohara, C. Daraio, Thin Films with Ultra-low Thermal Expansion, Advanced Materials 2014

9.      E. Gdoutos, C. Leclerc, F. Royer, M.D. Kelzenberg, E.C. Warmann, P. Espinet-Gonzalez, N. Vaidya, F. Bohn, B. Abiri, M.R. Hashemi, M. Gal-Katziri, A. Fikes, H. Atwater, A. Hajimiri, S. Pellegrino, A lightweight tile structures integrating photovoltaic conversion and RF power transfer for space solar power applications, AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018