Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

SPRL Engineers and Staff

Bruce P Block

Engineer in Research Lead
Office: 1205 SRB
Phone: 764-7439
Fax: 763-5567


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Mass spectrometry, project management, systems engineering, vacuum engineering, high-speed and RF analog circuit design, FPGA design, software design for embedded and realtime applications, mechanical design, design of integration and test flows.


  • Real time programming
  • Microwave circuit design
  • C/C++ programming
  • Assembly language programming
  • Calibration test setups
  • System level integration/test
  • High vacuum technology
  • VHDL gate array design
  • Project management
  • System design
  • VHDL FPGA logic design
  • Digital circuit design
  • Systems engineering
  • electrical engineer

Personal Introduction

  • Flight Instruments 
    • Huygens Probe GCMS Analog Electronics (Project Manager)
    • Cassini INMS Analog Electronics (Project Manager)
    • Planet - B NMS Analog Electronics (Project Manager)
    • Rosetta ROSINA Analog & Digital Electronics (Project Manager)
    • Contour NGIMS Analog Electronics (Project Manager)
  • Pre-Flight Technology
    • Juno MWR Microwave Calibration System (Lead Engineer)
  • Device Development
    • PIDDP New Operational Modes for Quadrupole MS  (Project Manager)
    • ASTID Microfabricated GCxGC (Engineer)
    • Mars Analytical Chemistry Experiment - MACE (Lead Engineer)

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Project management
  • Systems engineering
  • Vacuum engineering
  • High-speed analog circuit design
  • RF circuit design
  • FPGA design
  • Software design for embedded and realtime applications
  • Mechanical design
  • Design of integration and test flows




Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Co-I, NASA-PIDDP, "New Operational Mode for Space-borne Mass Spectrometers"
  • Mentor in ENG 450 project, Air Force Research Laboratory, UM-OSU Challenge
  • Lead engineer, NASA-ASTID, "GCxGC Using Micro-fabricated Columns"
  • Lead engineer, Juno Microwave Radiometer - Microwave Calibration System (MCS)
  • Served as elad engineer for the Mars Analytical Chemistry Experiment (MACE)
  • Managed the development and implementaton of the analog and digital electronics for the Rosetta ROSINA Double-Focusing Mass Spectrometer (DFMS)
  • Managed the developemnt and implementation of the analog electronics for the CONTOUR Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS)
  • Managed the development and implementation of the analog and digital electronics for the Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) and the Huygens Probe Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS)
  • US Patents
    • 7,293,409 - Thermal modulation for gas chromatography
    • 7,293,449 - Thermal modulation for gas chromatography

Professional Service

  • 2008 Excellence in Staff Service Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Group Achievement Award, Rosetta Mission, European Space Agency
  • IEEE
  • ACM


  • Balsiger, al., ROSINA Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis, Space Science Reviews 128 (2007)
  • Waite, J. H., et al., "Ion Neutral Mass spedctrometer Results from the First Flyby of Titan", Science, 308, 13 May 2005
  • Waite, J. H. et al., "The Mars Analytical Chemistry Experiment," IEEEAC Paper #1559, Version 4, December 29, 2004
  • Waite, J. H., et al., "The Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) Investigation", Space Science Reviews, 114 (2004)
  • Scherer, S. et al., "Comprehensive Two-dimensional Gas Chromatography Coupled to a Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer for Broad Spectrum Organic Analysis" 52nd American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference, Nashville, TN (2004)
  • Niemann, H.B. et al., "The Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer Aboard Huygens", Space Science Reviews, 104, n 1-4, (2002)
Updated: 2010-07-09