The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Jonathan Sands

Jonathan Sands grew up in North Carolina, and took notice of those amazing flying machines early in life. He came to ASDL in the fall of 2008 to pursue his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. He passed his Oral Qualifying Exams in the fall of 2010. Research interests include propulsion systems design and optimization, turbine engine enabling technology modeling, and engine component zooming. Jonathan is currently working on the NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project, performing engine modeling and vehicle assessments. He became a father in December of 2010. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, in awe of God's Creation.

Research Interests

  • Aircraft System Performance
  • Propulsion systems Design and Optimization
  • Turbine Engine Component Zooming Methodology
  • Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) Modeling
  • Engine Enabling Technology Identification and Modeling
  • Engine Technology Identification, Evaluation, and Selection (TIES) Methodology


  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2008, North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2010, Georgia Institute of Technology

Awards and Honors

  • Graduated from North Carolina State University with Cum Laude Honors.

Memberships and Service

  • AIAA member since 2006