Jon M. Gibbs


  • S.M.,  Aeronautics and Astronautics MIT, 2011
  • S.B.,  Aeronautics and Astronautics MIT, 2006

Fields: Aircraft Design, Alternative Fuels

Former Lab Role: Research Specialist [until 2013]


I am originally from Springfield Virginia, and recently finished a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.  I previously spent two years working as a low speed aerodynamicist in the New Aircraft Product Development (NAPD) at Boeing, which, along with undergraduate research projects, led to my fascination with aircraft design.   My research focuses on aircraft design and evaluation methods for alternative fuels, specifically natural gas stored as a liquid (liquid natural gas or LNG).  I am developing a computational tool called FYICode (Fly Your Ideas Code) that can compare jet fueled aircraft to aircraft that run on LNG and, to aircraft that use LNG and jet fuel in varying ratios with second by second trajectories.   Since LNG and Jet-A have different greenhouse gas intensities, densities, and combustion properties, the tool gives outputs in terms of energy used which can then be used to find price differences between different fuel burn strategies for the same payload.   The tool also incorporates some operational constraints that come with using two fuels.

Jon left LAE in 2013.


Publications and Presentations

“A Natural Gas Supplementary Fuel System to Improve Air Quality and Energy Security “, J. Gibbs, D. Siegel, A. Donaldson, AIAA Aeronautical Sciences Meeting 2012

“Design of a Hybrid Wing Body to Maximize Market Disruption“, A. Donaldson, J. Gibbs, P. Mody, AIAA Aeronautical Sciences Meeting 2011