Masha Folk

Draper Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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The aviation sector is undergoing its biggest transformation since the introduction of the jet engine due to the challenges of addressing climate change. My research is focused on sustainable aerospace technology driven by a deep desire to accelerate carbon neutral aviation.

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Administrative Assistant

Echo Aodhan
(617) 258-6748

Specialization and Research Interests

Gas turbine aerodynamics, sustainable propulsion, and technology transfer into real world applications.

Teaching Interests

Fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, propulsion, experimental methods

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery, 2020, University of Cambridge
M.Res., Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery, 2015, University of Cambridge
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2014, Purdue University
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2010, Ohio State University

Positions Held at MIT

Charles Stark Draper Career Development Professor, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Positions Held outside MIT

Rolls-Royce: Aerothermal Specialist, 2019-2024; Turbine Aerodynamicist, 2010-2014

Awards & Honors

ASME 2019 Gas Turbine Award, for Most Outstanding Technical Paper in the field
ASME / IGTI Turbomachinery Committee Best Paper (GT2019-90307)
Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Key publications

  • The Impact of Combustor Turbulence on Turbine Loss Mechanisms ASME J. Turbomachinery; 142(9): 091009.ASME J. Turbomachinery; 142(9): 091009 (2019)
    Folk, M., Miller, R.J., and Coull, J.
  • Dissipation in Skewed Boundary Layers ASME GT2024-125855 (2024)
    Peacock, R., Pullan, G., and Folk M.
  • Combustor Design from a Turbine Perspective to Minimize the Effect of Turbulence ASME GT2024-121786 (2024)
    Miklaszewski, J., Folk, M., and Hamlington P. E.
  • A Framework for Estimating Effects of Combustor Turbulence on Turbine Profile Loss Generation ASME J. Turbomachinery; 145(3): 031018 (2023)
    Gakhar, K., Folk, M., Greitzer, E.M., and Tan, C.S.