Jayant Sabnis

Senior Lecturer
I am passionate about advancing state-of-the-art rocket and aircraft propulsions systems to meet the most demanding requirements. I am also passionate about training the next generation of propulsions system engineering leadership.

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Administrative Contact

Robin Courchesne-Sato

Financial Contact

Jennifer Leith

Specialization and Research Interests

Turbomachinery, propulsion systems, gas turbine engines, propulsion system-airframe integration

Teaching Interests

Propulsion, turbomachinery, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics

Academic Degrees

B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, 1975, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1977, Syracuse University; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 1980, Syracuse University

Positions Held at MIT

Senior Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, March 2016-present

Positions Held outside MIT

  • Vice President, Engineering – Module Centers, Pratt & Whitney 2013-2016
  • Vice President, System Functional Design, Pratt & Whitney, 2004-2013
  • Director, Aerodynamics, Pratt & Whitney, 2002-2004
  • Director, Mechanical Systems, Pratt & Whitney, 1999-2002
  • Manager, Secondary Flow and Heat Transfer, Pratt & Whitney, 1998-1999
  • Principal Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Center, 1992-1998
  • Director, Space Propulsion Programs, Scientific Research Associates, 1988-1992
  • Senior Research Scientist, Scientific Research Associates, 1983-1988

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