Louis Perna

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder

Louis Perna is the Chief Scientist and Co-founder at Accion Systems, directing the company’s research and development efforts around microfabrication, process repeatability, and systems reliability.

At MIT, Mr. Perna specialized in in-space propulsion and microfabrication, and helped develop the novel ion electrospray technology Accion builds today. His research in the Space Propulsion Laboratory focused on the investigation of electrospray fundamental operation at high-pressure and the manufacturing and development of prototype micro-electrospray thruster systems. The latter encompasses his master’s thesis work in microsystems design, microfabrication process development, and the design of passive propellant supplies for electrospray thrusters, all of which form the basis of Accion’s current-day products.

Prior to his time at Accion, Louis worked both academically and professionally with NASA to investigate ion engine operating modes; design, test, and assemble interplanetary exploration rovers; and manage technical and programmatic risks for manned spaceflight systems.

Mr. Perna holds an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and was named one of the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30.