Ben T Zinn

Regents Professor Emeritus
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Dr. Zinn joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1965 and attained the rank of Regents' Professor in 1973. His fields of research include: control of combustion processes, combustion instabilities in rocket motors, ramjets, jet engine and gas turbines, oscillatory flame phenomena, reacting flows, acoustics and pulse combustion. He has published 117 refereed papers and 213 reports and unrefereed papers, edited two AIAA Progress Series books on combustion diagnostics, wrote the section on "Pulsating Combustion" for a book entitled Advanced Combustion Methods, which was published by Academic Press, and he has given 354 seminars/lectures at various universities and conferences throughout the world. He is also a co-holder of seven patents



  • Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory


  • Propulsion & Combustion

  • Aerodynamics & Fluid Mechanics

AE Multidisciplinary Research Areas:

  • Sustainable Transportation and Energy Systems


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1961, New York University; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1962, Stanford University; M.A., Aerospace Engineering and M. Sci., 1963, Princeton University; Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and M. Sci., 1965, Princeton University;

Distinctions & Awards

Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE); Fellow of the AIAA and the ASME; Honorary Professorship at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China; Elected Honorary Fellow of AIAA, 2015; Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute; NASA's Certificate of Recognition; AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award, 1996; AIAA Pendray Literature Award, 2000; Georgia Tech Distinguished Professor Award, 1990; Recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2014 Reed Award, the highest honor an individual can receive for notable achievement in aeronautics; Georgia Tech Faculty Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Development, 1997; Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award;