Zoltán S. Spakovszky

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Gas Turbine Laboratory


Gas Turbine Laboratory
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 253-2196

Academic Degrees

Dipl. Ing., 1997, ETH Zürich M.S., 1999, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., 2000, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

George Fischer Award, ETH Zürich, 1997; ASME IGTI Best Paper Awards 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014; ASME 2003 Melville Medal; NASA Honor Award, 2003; AeroAstro Undergraduate Advising Award 2003, 2005; AeroAstro Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2008; Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009; ASME Gas Turbine Award 2012

Society Memberships

Fellow, ASME; Associate Fellow, AIAA

Positions Held at MIT

Visiting Engineer, 1996-1997; Assistant Professor, 2001-2005; Associate Professor, 2005-2012; Professor, 2012 - present; Acting Director, Gas Turbine Laboratory, 2007; Director, Gas Turbine Laboratory, 2008 – present; Vehicle Sector Head, 2015 – present.

Positions Held outside MIT

Propulsion Engineering, Swissair Technics, Zürich Airport, Switzerland, 1995; Research Staff, Turbomachinery Laboratory, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 1996; Lead Engineer, Engine Preliminary Design and Performance, GE Aircraft Engines, 2000-2001; Technology Special Advisor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, 2009-2010

Specialization and Research Interests

Internal flows, turbomachinery, propulsion systems and control, aeroengine dynamic system modeling, aero-acoustics

Teaching Interests

Thermodynamics and energy conversion; propulsion and fluid mechanics, aero-acoustics

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