Dr. Gustaaf Jacobs

Dr. Gustaaf Jacobs

Academic Affairs
College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering



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Primary Phone: 619-594-4046


Engineering - 306
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

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Professor Jacobs received a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology in 1998, where after graduation, he was appointed to Research Associate. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduation in August of 2003, he was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He later combined this position with a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As of August 2006, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at San Diego State University and was promoted to Associate Professor in August of 2010. In 2013, he was promoted to Full Professor. He graduated with an Honor Propaedeuse from Delft University of Technology. In 2002 he was awarded a University Fellowship at the University of Illinois. He received an AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2009 and became an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2013.

The research interests of Professor Jacobs can broadly be defined in area of computational multiphase, and multi-scale flow physics using high-order methods. Particular emphasis is on simulation and analysis of particle-laden flows and flow separation in complex geometries, and plasmas to aid flow control relating to combustion optimization and drag reduction.


  • M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology, 1998
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois


  • Particle-laden Flow
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Plasmas & Computational Fluid Mechanics