Jason Rabinovitch

Assistant Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Building: Edwin A. Stevens Hall

Room: E209

Email: jrabinov@stevens.edu


  • PhD (2014) California Institute of Technology (Aeronautics)
  • MS (2010) École Polytechnique (Fluid Mechanics)
  • MS (2009) California Institute of Technology (Aerospace Engineering)
  • BS (2008) Yale University (Mechanical Engineering)

In my research group, we combine an interest in space exploration with fundamental computational fluid dynamics research. Our areas of interest include, but are not limited to, investigating plume-surface interactions during powered descent of spacecraft, modeling supersonic parachute inflations, and modeling geophysical phenomena, such as the plumes on Enceladus or Yardangs on Earth and Mars.


Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology (2021-present)
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2014-2021)
Entry, Descent, & Landing and Formulation Group

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology (2014)
Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Professional Service
  • Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) Steering Committee Member
  • AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee Member
  • AIP Physics of Fluids, Icarus, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Journal of Aerospace Engineering Reviewer
Professional Societies
  • ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member
  • ASEE – American Society for Engineering Education Member
  • AIAA – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Senior member
  • Tau Beta Pi Member
Patents and Inventions

A. C. Karp, E. Jens, J. Rabinovitch, B. Nakazono, A. Conte, "SmallSat Hybrid Propulsion System," (patent pending - https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200003159A1/en)

Selected Publications
Journal Article
  1. Rabinovitch, J.; Stack, K. M. (2021). Characterizing landing site safety on Venus using Venera panoramas and Magellan radar properties. Icarus (vol. 363). Icarus.
  2. Rabinovitch, J.; Lorenz, R.; Slimko, E.; Wang, K. C. (2021). Scaling Sediment Mobilization Beneath Rotorcraft for Titan and Mars. Aeolian Research (vol. 48, pp. 100653). Aeolian Research.
  3. Dyrda, D. M.; Mechentel, F. S.; Cantwell, B. J.; Karp, A. C.; Rabinovitch, J.; Jens, E. T. (2020). Diode laser ignition of a poly(Methyl methacrylate) and gaseous oxygen hybrid motor. Journal of Propulsion and Power (5 ed., vol. 36, pp. 773-782). Journal of Propulsion and Power.
  4. Rabinovitch, J.; Griffin, G. S.; Seto, W.; O’farrell, C.; Tanner, C. L.; Clark, I. G. (2020). Full-scale supersonic parachute shape reconstruction using three-dimensional stereo imagery. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (6 ed., vol. 57, pp. 1139-1152). Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.
  5. Borker, R.; Huang, D.; Grimberg, S.; Farhat, C.; Avery, P.; Rabinovitch, J. (2019). Mesh adaptation framework for embedded boundary methods for computational fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interaction. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids (8 ed., vol. 90, pp. 389-424). International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids.
  6. Rabinovitch, J.; Katz, I. (2019). Surface deposition of molecular contaminants in the mars 2020 rover wake. Planetary and Space Science (vol. 168, pp. 1-14). Planetary and Space Science.
  7. Scoggins, J.; Rabinovitch, J.; Barros-Fernandez, B.; Martin, A.; Lachaud, J.; Jaffe, R.; Mansour, N.; Blanquart, G.; Magin, T. (2017). Thermodynamic properties of carbon–phenolic gas mixtures. Aerospace Science and Technology (vol. 66, pp. 177-192). Aerospace Science and Technology.
  8. Rabinovitch, J.; Blanquart, G. (2017). Rate-controlled constrained equilibrium for nozzle and shock flows. Journal of Propulsion and Power (3 ed., vol. 33, pp. 776-792). Journal of Propulsion and Power.
  9. Regele, J. D.; Rabinovitch, J.; Colonius, T.; Blanquart, G. (2014). Unsteady effects in dense, high speed, particle laden flows. International Journal of Multiphase Flow (vol. 61, pp. 1-13). International Journal of Multiphase Flow.
  10. Parziale, N.; Rabinovitch, J.; Blanquart, G.; Hornung, H. G.; Shepherd, J. E. (2013). Proposed vertical expansion tunnel. AIAA Journal (12 ed., vol. 51, pp. 2792-2799). AIAA Journal.
  11. Rabinovitch, J.; Brion, V.; Blanquart, G. (2012). Effect of a splitter plate on the dynamics of a vortex pair. Physics of Fluids (7 ed., vol. 24). Physics of Fluids.

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