DEBORAH LEVIN

Debbie Levin

Principal Investigator

(217) 300-0872

Education

  • PhD Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1979
  • BS, Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1974

Academic Positions

  • Research Professor and lecturer, Department of Chemistry, George Washington University, May 1998-August 2000
  • Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, August 2000-June 2007
  • Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, June 2007-August 2014
  • Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2014-present

Other Professional Employment

  • Research Staff Member, Task Leader, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Science & Technology and Systems Evaluation Divisions, 1979-May, 1998

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

A post-doctoral position is presently available in the Levin research group. Familiarity with computational techniques such as direct simulation Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics in a high performance computing environment is desirable.

Research Areas

Chapters in Books

  • Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautic, Hypersonic Nonequilibrium Flows: Fundamentals and Recent Advances, Edited by Dr. Eswar Josyula, eISBN: 978-1-62410-329-2, DOI: 10.2514/4.103292, “Radiation from Hypersonic Bodies—A Window on Non-Equilibrium Processes,” D. A. Levin

Selected Articles in Journals

  • A. Marayikkottu and D. Levin, “Eulerian-Lagrangian Modeling of Non-Dilute Particle-Laden Blast Wave systems.” submitted to Journal of Applied Physics, Feb. 2021.
  • A. Marayikkottu, S. Sawant, D. Levin, C. Huang, M. Schoenitz, and E. Dreizin, “Numerical study of particle lifting mechanisms in an electrostatic discharge plasma,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 137, (2021) 103564.
  • S. Sawant, V. Theofilis, and D. Levin, “Kinetic modeling of three-dimensional shock/laminar separation bubble instabilities in hypersonic flows over a double wedge,? Paper submitted to J. of Fluid Mechanics, Jan. 2021.
  • S. Sawant, D. Levin, and V. Theofilis,”Analytical Prediction of Low-Frequency Fluctuations Inside a One-Dimensional Shock,? submitted to Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Jan 2021.S. Sawant, D. Levin, and V. Theofilis,”Analytical Prediction of Low-Frequency Fluctuations Inside a One-Dimensional Shock,? submitted to Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Jan 2021.
  • Sawant, Saurabh; Levin, Deborah; Theofilis, Vassilis, ”A Kinetic Approach to Studying Low-frequency Molecular Fluctuations in a One-Dimensional Shock,” Submitted to Journal of Fluids Mechanics,” 18- Nov-2020.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Revathi Jambunathan and Deborah Levin, “Fully kinetic simulations of ion thruster plumes using PIC-DSMC,” Paper No., IEPC-2019-A-529, 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, September 15-20, 2019, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Nakul Nuwal and Deborah Levin, “Plasma characteristics in the backflow region of ion thruster plumes using kinetic and Boltzmann models,” Paper No., IEPC-2019-A-367, 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, September 15-20, 2019, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Neil Mehta and Deborah Levin, “Colloid thruster droplet evolution analysis using molecular dynamics,” Paper No., IEPC-2019-A-530, 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, September 15-20, 2019, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Ozgur Tumuklu, Deborah A. Levin, and Vassilios Theofilis, “Use of particle methods for understanding hypersonic shock boundary layer interactions, “AIP Conference Proceedings 2132, 050001 (2019); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5119587Proceedings of the 31ST International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics: RGD31, 23-27, July 2018, Glasgow, UK, ISBN 978-0-7354-5, Yonghao Zhang, David Emerson, Duncan Lockerby and Lei Wu, Volume number: 2132.
  • Neil A. Mehta and Deborah A. Levin, “Study of ionic liquid mixture droplet evolution in an external electric field using molecular dynamics, “AIP Conference Proceedings 2132, 050001 (2019); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5119535 Proceedings of the 31ST International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics: RGD31, 23-27, July 2018, Glasgow, UK, ISBN 978-0-7354-5, Yonghao Zhang, David Emerson, Duncan Lockerby and Lei Wu, Volume number: 2132.

Invited Lectures

  • Modeling of Chemically Reacting Rarefied Gas Flows – Challenges and Opportunities
  • Bow Shock Flight Instrumentation – Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
  • Direct simulation of Chemically Reacting Spacecraft Flows
  • Direct Simulation of Spacecraft Reacting Flows
  • Direct Simulation of Chemically Reacting Flows

Other Publications

  • D. Levin, R. T. Loda, and R. J. Collins, “Instrumentation Considerations for a Bow Shock Radiation Experiment,” SPIE Paper Los Angeles Meeting, Vol. 1059, January 1989.
  • R. T. Loda, D. A. Levin, and R. J. Collins, “Analysis of Laser Diagnostics in Plumes,” SPIE Paper at the Los Angeles SPIE Meeting, Vol. 1062, January 1989.
  • D. Levin, R. J. Collins, and G. V. Candler, “Computations for Support Design Measurements of Radiation from Low Velocity Shock Heated Air,” AIAA-90-0132, 28th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 1990.
  • D. Levin, R. T. Loda, G. V. Candler, and C. Park, “Theory of Radiation from Low Velocity Heated Air,” AIAA-90-0133, 28th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 1990.
  • Christou, R. T. Loda, and D. A. Levin, “LIDAR Feasibility Studies on In-Flight Rocket Plumes,” AIAA-90-0138, 28th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 1990.

Teaching Honors

  • AIAA Thermophysics TC David Weaver Best Student Paper, Co-recipient (2009)
  • AIAA Thermophysics TC David Weaver Best Student Paper, Co-recipient (2010)

Research Honors

  • Naval Research Laboratory (1995)
  • Penn State Engineering Society (PSES) PSES Outstanding Research Award (2006)
  • Penn State Engineering Society (PSES) Premier Research Award (2013)

Public Service Honors

  • NASA Engineering and Safety Center Group Achievement Award (2006)

Other Honors

  • AIAA Certificate of Merit for Best paper in 35th Thermophysics Conference, Anaheim California (2001)

Courses Taught

  • AE 434 – Rocket Propulsion
  • AE 485 – Spacecraft Environments
  • AE 498 – Spacecraft Environment

Focus Areas