Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan Gross


University of Southern California , Los Angeles, CA

Aerospace Engineering, 2017

Focus: Fluid Dynamics

Cumulative GPA: 3.45

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta , GA

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2012

Focus: Systems Engineering

Cumulative GPA: 3.9

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

B. S. Aerospace Engineering, 2010

Minor in Engineering Mechanics

Major GPA: 3.6, Cumulative GPA: 3.5


Mechanical Engineer– Virgin Hyperloop   (Jan 2020- present)

  • Designing track elements and support hardware as part of infrastructure team

Fluid Systems Engineer– Firefly Aerospace   (Dec 2018- Jan 2020)

  • Responsible Engineer for first stage pressurization system

Mechanical Engineer– SpaceX   (Dec 2016- Sept 2018)

  • Designed tooling for engine production department

National Science Foundation EAPSI Fellow– Muroran Institute of Technology   (June 2016 – Aug 2016)

  • Wrote image processing scripts for non-invasive velocity measurement

Research Assistant– Eliasson Shock Lab, University of Southern California   (Aug 2014-Aug 2016)

  • Built an exploding wire system to study behavior of an array of converging cylindrical shock waves

Research Assistant– Combustion Physics Laboratory, University of Southern California  (Aug 2012- Aug 2014)

  • Designing and performing experiments with a novel turbulent combustion chamber
  • Experimentally investigating instabilities of hydrogen flames in confined geometries

Research Assistant– Aerospace Systems Design Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology   (Sept 2010 – Aug 2012)

  • Performed design optimization of concept aircraft (Boeing SUGAR project)

Structures Intern– SpaceX Texas Test Facility   (Jan 11 – May 11)

  • Used NASTRAN to design testing hardware for Falcon 9 integration
  • Participated in testing operations

Intern– Marshall Spaceflight Center   (June 2010 – Aug 2010)

  • Tested experimental optical flow sensor using LabVIEW
  • Analyzed data from an optical flow sensor using MATLAB

Intern- Brety Research Group, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign   (June 2009 – Aug 2009)

Research Assistant- Department of Mechanical Engineering, American University in Cairo   (Jan 2009 – April 2009)

Intern– Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Science Laboratory   (Sept 2008 – Dec 2008)

  • Wrote test procedures for the verification and validation of flight hardware
  • Maintained requirements database

Intern- Harvard Microrobotics Lab, Harvard   (June 2008 – Aug 2008)


Jeon, H., Gross, J., Estabrook, S., Koumlis, S., Wan, Q., Khanolkar, G.,  Tao, X., Mensching, D., Lesnick, E., Eliasson, V. (2015). Shock Wave Attenuation Using Foam Obstacles: Does Geometry Matter? Aerospace, 2(2), 353–375.

Chakraborty, I., Nam, T., Gross, J. R., Mavris, D. N., Schetz, J. a., & Kapania, R. K. (2015). Comparative Assessment of Strut-Braced and Truss-Braced Wing Configurations Using Multidisciplinary Design Optimization. Journal of Aircraft, 1–12.


Shen, S., Gross, J., Ronney, P., “Flame Propagation in Narrow Channel at Varying Lewis Numbers”  10th US National Meeting on Combustion, April 2017

Gross, J., Eliasson, V. “Generation of Converging Shocks using a Circular Array of Exploding Wires”, Socal Fluids X, April 9 2016

Gross, J., Eliasson, V. “Experimental Investigation of the Interaction of Blast Waves Generated by Exploding Wires” 68th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov 23, 2015

Fernandez-Galisteo, D., Gross, J., Kurdyumov, V., Ronney, P., “Premixed flame propagation between two closely spaced parallel plates”  ICDERS 2015. [link]

Gross, J., Pan, X., Fernandez-Galisteo, D., Ronney, P., “Low Lewis Number Flame Propagation in a Hele-Shaw Cell ”. So Cal Fluids VIII, UCLA, April 12, 2014

Gross, J., Pan, X., Fernandez-Galisteo, D., Ronney, P., “Low Lewis Number Flames in a Hele-Shaw Cell ”. Western State Section of the Combustion Institute Annual Meeting, Feb 2013


Gross, J., Eliasson, V., “Experimental Investigation of Shock Wave Amplification using Multiple Munitions”. The 30th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2015

Gross, J., Pan, X., Fernandez-Galisteo, D., Ronney, P., “Low Lewis Number Flame Propagation in Narrow Channels”. 35th International Symposium on Combustion, San Francisco, Aug 2014


Chakraborty, I., Gross, J. R., Nam, T., Perullo, C., & Mavris, D. N. (2014). Analysis of the Effect of Cruise Speed on Fuel Efficiency and Cost for a Truss-Braced Wing Concept. 14th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, (June).

Nam, T., Chakraborty, I., Gross, J.R., Mavris, D.N., Schetz, J.A., and Kapania, R.K., “Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of a Truss Braced Wing Concept”, AIAA Aviation 2014 Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 16-20, 2014, AIAA-2014-2423

Wongwiwat, J., Gross, J., & Ronney, P. (2015). Flame Propagation in Narrow Channels at Varying Lewis Number. In 25th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems. Leeds, UK.  [link]


Data Acquisition- LabVIEW, PCC

Signal Processing- MATLAB

Data Analysis- MATLAB, Microsoft Excel, JMP

Video Processing- MATLAB

Design- Solidworks, Pro/Engineer, NX

Simulation- NASTRAN, NetLogo, STK

Optimization- MATLAB, ModelCenter

Database software- Doors, SQL, Subversion

Presentation- Microsoft Office Suite, LaTeX, HTML, Microsoft Visio, VSP

Hand On- Experience with optics, flow systems, combustion, tools and hardware