Alan Epstein

Alan H. Epstein

Professor Emeritus


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Room 37-301
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Academic Degrees

S.B, 1971, Massachusetts Institute of Technology S.M., 1972, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Turbomachinery Committee - Best Paper 1990, Best Paper 1991, Heat Transfer Committee - Best Paper 1992; ASME Gas Turbine Award 1993; ASME IGTI Controls & Diagnostics Committee - Best Paper 1997; 25th National & 1st International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Power, New Delhi, Best Paper 1998; 2003 ASME IGTI Gas Turbine Scholar; International Society of Instrumentation Systems and Automation (ISA) - Major Charles Bassett Outstanding Paper Award 2005, Excellence in Documentation Award 2005; Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute 2011 Turnbull Lecturer; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2013 Dryden Lectureship in Research;  2015 ASME IGTI Gas Turbine Technology Award; 2017 ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award; The Engineer’s Council 2018 Honorary Engineer of the Year Award.

Society Memberships

Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering; National Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society.

Positions Held at MIT

Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, 1980-1997; R.C. Maclaurin Professor, 1997-2009; Division/Sector Head, 1996-2007; Director, Gas Turbine Laboratory, 1996-2007; Professor Emeritus, 2009-present.

Positions Held outside MIT

Pratt & Whitney Vice-President of Technology and Environment, National Academies Board on Army Research and Technology (Chair), National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (Chair), NASA Advisory Council.

Specialization and Research Interests

Advanced aerospace propulsion and energy conversion, aerospace and the environment, micro devices and MEMS, engine controls, turbomachinery fluid mechanics, noise, and heat transfer, instrumentation and measurements, technology planning and management.