Zvi Rusak

Professor, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Zvi Rusak received the degrees of B.Sc. (1980) and M.Sc. (1982), in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He has worked as an aeronautical engineer at the Israeli Air Force (1982 - 1988), where he headed the Aeroelasticity group from 1987 - 1988. He received a D.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion-IIT in August 1989. Ph.D. thesis advisor: Professor Arnan Seginer. He spent 1989 - 1991 as a post-doctorate associate at the Mathematical Sciences Department in RPI, working with Professor Julian D. Cole. He joined the RPI faculty in 1991. Assistant Professor (1991 - 1995), Associate Professor (1995 - 2000), and Full Professor (2000 - Present) in the department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at RPI. He is currently the Director of the Aerospace Engineering Program at the department (2001-Present).


Sc.D. Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Research Focus
  • theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, and combustion dynamics
  • vortex stability and breakdown
  • compressible flows
  • viscous flows
  • reacting flows
Select Works
  • Near-Critical Swirling Flow in a Slightly Contracting Pipe (2004)
  • On the Stability of a Compressible Axisymmetric Rotating Flow in a Pipe (2004)
  • Rapid Prototyping of Wind Tunnel Models (2004)
  • Condensation Processes in Transonic Two-Phase Flow of Saturated Humid Air (2003)
  • Small-Scale Airfoil Aerodynamic Efficiency Improvement By Surface Temperature and Heat Transfer (2003)
  • A Computational Study on Compressible Flow of Humid Air Around Airfoils (2003)
  • Effect of Combustion on Near-Critical Swirling Flow (2002)
  • Theoretical and Numerical Studies of Transonic Flow of Moist Air Around a Thin Airfoil (2002)