Adam Michael Steinberg

Pratt & Whitney Chair and Associate Chair for Graduate Programs
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Dr. Adam Steinberg is the Pratt & Whitney chair, associate chair for graduate programs, and professor in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also is the Director of the Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory -- one of the largest academic combustion research facilities in the world – and the Principal Investigator of the Lasers & Fluids Group within the Combustion Lab. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Steinberg was on the faculty of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (2011-2018) and served as a research scientist at the German Aerospace Center (2009-2011).

Dr. Steinberg’s research focuses on overcoming the scientific and technical barriers facing future aerospace propulsion and energy conversion devices. Working closely with government and industry, his research group develops and applies advanced laser-based measurement techniques that help unravel the coupled thermal, fluid, and chemical process occurring in these devices. Topics of interest include light/matter interactions, turbulence, combustion, gas turbine engines, chemical rockets, electric propulsion, high-speed flows, data analysis, and experiment/simulation coupling.



  • Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory


  • Aerodynamics & Fluid Mechanics

  • Propulsion & Combustion

AE Multidisciplinary Research Areas:

  • Sustainable Transportation and Energy Systems

  • B.A.Sc. in engineering science from the University of Toronto (2004),
  • M.S.E in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan (2006);
  • Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan (2009)
Distinctions & Awards

Combustion Institute Fellow; Associate Editor of Combustion and Flame; AIAA Associate Fellow; Combustion Institute Research Excellence Award (2020); Provost Teaching and Learning Fellow (2019); Canada Research Chair (2017); Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Research Award (2016); McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction (2016); Ontario Early Researcher Award (2015).