Zoltán S. Spakovszky

Zoltán S. Spakovszky
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Gas Turbine Laboratory
Graduate Officer

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

zolti [at] mit.edu
Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer
Zoltán Spakovszky in action
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 (2), 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 (2), 2018; 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; ASME John P. Davis Gas Turbine Applications Award 2016

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 – 2018; Chair Graduate Committee, 2020 - 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, MHI R&D Center, 2009-2010; Senior Advisor for Strategy, Technology and Innovation, MHI Head Office, 2018-2019

Specialization and Research Interests

Propulsion and energy conversion, internal flows in fluid machinery, compressor aerodynamics and stability, micro-fluidics and rotordynamics, aero-acoustics, aircraft design for environment

Teaching Interests

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

Advising Philosophy Statement
Lab/Research Group Affiliation