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Jannuel Cabrera

Title: Aerospace Engineer

Technical Focus Area: Computational fluid dynamics analysis of aerospace vehicles

Missions/Projects: Hypersonic Technology Project (HTP), Entry Systems Modeling (ESM)

Study Topics/Expertise: Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics, Entry Systems

Jannuel Cabrera joined the Vehicle Analysis Branch (VAB) in 2020 as a Pathways student. Prior to joining VAB, Jannuel interned for two summers at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. His experience on the Pterodactyl project during that time deepened his interest in entry systems analysis and provided crucial training that aided him in the pursuit of his doctoral dissertation.

Since completing his education in 2022, Jannuel has devoted himself to his duties within VAB, which include aerodynamics analysis of aerospace vehicles under the Hypersonic Technology Project (HTP), and aerothermodynamics analysis under the Entry Systems Modeling (ESM) project. 


  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Best Student Paper Award (2021)

Education/Professional Experience

  • PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University (2022) 
  • MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University (2018)
  • BS in Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University (2016)
  • Aerospace Engineer, Vehicle Analysis Branch, NASA Langley Research Center (2022-present)
  • Pathways Student, Vehicle Analysis Branch, NASA Langley Research Center (2020-2022) 
  • Research Associate, Science and Technology Corporation, Moffett Field, CA (2019)
  • Research Associate, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, Moffett Field, CA (2018)


Softball, running (slowly), hoping the Mets win it all, disc golf, anime