Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
Prescott College of Engineering
Prescott campus

Office Hours

Spring 2013 Mon and Wed 11:00-2;00, Tues and Thurs 2:00-3;00, Friday 11:00-1:00

Current Position:

          Associate Professor (Tenured), Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering

          Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ 86301, Aug 2009 – Present

Taught Senior capstone Propulsion System Detail Design course with emphasis on manufacturing, testing and analysis. Responsible for Space Propulsion, Gas Turbine Engine, Thermal Power Systems, and Thermodynamics curriculum development and teaching at the undergraduate level.  Leveraging previous government and academic experience to make sure students understand the importance of thermodynamic laws, energy implications, and applications to air and space propulsion systems. Advisor for Eagle Works designing and building a E1 electric–class land speed record car to run at Bonneville Salt Flats. Advisor to Eagle Aerospace rocket team that competes in Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competitions (IREC)


Work Experience:

          Deputy Director, Propulsion Directorate

          Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433, July 2006 – June 2009

Led 1,000-person military/civilian/contractor team performing cutting-edge AF propulsion and power S&T.  Directed 550+ projects with over 125 gov't & industry partners to enable next-generation air and space systems.  Managed world-class research sites in both CA & OH with 240 bldgs/65+ sq miles of infrastructure valued at $2B+.  Interfaced with senior service, COCOM, OSD, NASA, congressional, industry, & state/local/civic leadership.  Responsible for long-range plans/prgms for $350M/yr legacy, pipeline & future weapon systems propulsion and power R&D including efforts on X-51, and advanced turbine engines


          Chief, Directed Energy Weapons Safety

          HQ Air Force Safety Center (AFSC), Kirtland AFB, NM, July 2004 – July 2006

Led Air Force Safety Center program for Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) Safety, initiated safety policy and mishap prevention efforts for all the emerging high-energy density DE systems including laser and high-power microwave weapons, DEW Safety focal point for new acquisition systems including Active Denial System and Airborne Laser, Program Manager for Sandia National Labs to identify and characterize unknown DEW hazards, taught DEW Safety for AFSC Chief of Safety Course, Member of Tri-Service Electromagnetic Radiation Panel, Laser System Safety Working Group, Chaired AF Laser System Safety Review Board


          Deputy Director, Plans and Programs Directorate

          Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards AFB, CA, August 2001 – June 2004

Project officer for AF Board Edwards AFB visit, IPT leader for runway project to repair 15,000' runway       used for AFFTC, NASA Dryden, and alternate landing site for Space Shuttles, Hosted Congressional staffer and State Legislator visits, led AFFTC space infrastructure efforts with California Space Authority


          Deputy Chief, Space and Missile Propulsion Division

          Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards AFB, CA, Nov 1999 – August 2001

          Responsible for Air Force space propulsion basic research and advanced research programs. Research included: Air Force portion of Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) initiative, Carbon-Carbon densification, N5+ cation research, HyTech Scramjet Program, POSS plastics, hybrid rocket motors, system trade studies for next generation ICBM, Technical Expert for 8 week NASA independent review of advanced reusable rocket engine


          Chief, Engine Branch, Rocket Propulsion Division

          Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards AFB, CA, August 1998 – Nov 1999

          Responsible for Air Force liquid rocket research programs and transitioning these technologies to future Air Force systems. Major programs: Integrated Powerhead Demonstrator (full-flow cycle) and Upper Stage Demonstrator (expander cycle) and associated component programs including oxygen-rich turbopumps, hydrostatic bearing technology, regeneratively cooled nozzles, and other advanced concepts, Led developmental testing of the RS-68 (650,000 lb thrust) rocket engine for Boeing’s EELV program


          Assistant Professor and Executive Officer, Department of Aeronautics

          United States Air Force Academy, CO, December 1995 - August 1998, December 1989 - August 1992

Course Director for Thermodynamics and Jet and Rocket Propulsion courses, Taught Thermodynamics, Introductory Aeronautics, and Jet and Rocket Propulsion, Conducted high cycle fatigue research on F109 turbofan. Chief Engineer for Academy jet engine and rocket test cells. Adjunct Professor to Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB for propulsion curriculum


Turbine Engine Analysis Engineer and Turbine Development Engineer

          Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, July 1984 - August 1988

Conducted cycle trade studies for high-Mach missiles, ultra-high bypass engines, and fighter engines, Program Manager for Limited Life Turbine program using Lamilloy, first use of transpiration-cooling for supercruise turbine capability, Conducted CFD analysis of turbine airfoil designs and vane-blade interaction, Wave-rotor concept analysis for Propulsion Lab Chief Scientist

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aero & Astro Engineering, University of Washington
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy

  • AE 414: Space Propulsion
  • ES 305: Thermodynamics
  • ME 403: Thermal Power Systems

AE414 Space Propulsion

AE437 Advanced Space Propulsion

EGR101 Introduction to Engineering

ES305 Thermodynamics

ME403 Thermal Power Systems

ME431 Propulsion System Detail Design

UNIV101 College Success


         Fabian, M., Haven, B., Berg, D., Herring, A., and Pinnola, M., “Implementation of a New Mechanical Engineering Propulsion Detail Design Capstone Course,” 2012 ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.

         Haven, B., Fabian, M., Berg, D., Herring, A., and Pinnola, M., “Integration of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Capstone Design Courses,” 2012 ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.

          Fabian, M.K., E.A. Falk, and E.J. Jumper, “Upstream-Propagating Potential Disturbances Interacting with A Compressible Cascade,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 240-247, March-April, 2001.

          E.A. Falk, E.J. Jumper, Fabian, M.K., and J. Stermer,  “Upstream-Propagating Potential Disturbances in the F109 Turbofan Engine Inlet Flow,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 262-269, March-April 2001.

          Fabian, M.K. and E.J. Jumper, “Rearward Forcing of an Unsteady Compressible Cascade,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1999.

          Falk, E.A., E.J. Jumper, M.K. Fabian, and B.A. Haven, “A Characterization of the Unsteady Velocity Field Aft of the F109 Turbofan Rotor,” AIAA Paper No. 99-0237, Jan 1999.

          Falk, E.A., E.J. Jumper, and M.K. Fabian, “Upstream Propagating Potential Waves in the F109 Turbofan Engine Inlet Flow,” AIAA Paper No. 98-3294, Jul 1998.

          Falk, E.A., E.J. Jumper, and M.K. Fabian, “An Experimental Study of Unsteady Forcing in the F109 Turbofan Engine,” AIAA Paper No. 97-3286, Jul 1997.

          Fabian, M.K. and Jumper E.J., “Upstream-Propagating Acoustic Waves Interacting With a Compressible Cascade, AIAA paper 97-0380, Jan 1997.

          Fabian, M.K. and Jumper, E.J., “Convected and Potential Unsteady Disturbances Interacting with an Unsteady Cascade,” AIAA paper 96-2672, July 1996.

          Fabian, M.K., Unsteady Pressure Distributions Around Compressor Vanes in an Unsteady Transonic

Cascade, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Notre Dame, Dec 1995.

          Fabian, M.K. and Jumper, E.J., “Unsteady Pressure Distributions around Compressor Vanes in an Unsteady, Transonic Cascade,” AIAA paper 95-302, Jan 1995.

          Fabian, M.K. and Jumper E.J., “The Use of Flight Simulators and Rubber-Band Powered Aircraft in Introductory Aerospace Courses,” ASEE Session 0502, June 1994. 


Air Force Officer for 25 Years

Embry-Riddle Professor for 7 Years


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow

Tau Beta Pi


Class Marshal for College of Engineering Graduates (7 times)

Student Satisfaction Award for College of Engineering, 2015-2016 Academic Year

Student Government Association Faculty of the Semester Spring 2015

ERAU Teacher of the 2010-2011 Academic Year

Top Engineering Faculty Award, Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society, 1998

Outstanding Academy Educator, 1996-1997

Notre Dame Graduate Scholarship, 1992-1995

Gordon C. Oates Graduate Fellowship, University of Washington, 1988-1989

Outstanding Cadet in Thermodynamics and Propulsion, 1984

Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal (4)

Air Force Commendation Medal (2)

Air Force Achievement Medal