Alan Epstein Professor Emeritus, Aeronautics and Astronautics Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Degrees

S.B, 1971, Massachusetts Institute of Technology S.M., 1972, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

Seven best paper awards; the American Institute of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gas Turbine Award; the ASME Gas Turbine Scholar Award; the ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award; the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Dryden Lectureship in Research; the International Gas Turbine Institute Gas Turbine Technology Award; the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Turnbull Lectureship; the Engineer’s Council Honorary Engineer of the Year Award; the General James H. Doolittle Award.

Society Memberships

U.S. National Academy of Engineering; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Honorary Fellow; American Institute of Mechanical Engineers Fellow; UK Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow. 

Positions Held at MIT

Assistant, associate, full professor 1980-1997; R.C. MacLaurin Professor, 1997-2009; Director Gas Turbine Laboratory, 1996-2008.

Positions Held outside MIT

Pratt & Whitney VP Research and Environment; National Research Council (NRC) Board on Army Science and Technology Chair; NRC Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Chair; NASA Advisory Council.

Specialization and Research Interests

Aerospace propulsion, aerospace and the environmental, energy conversion, micro devices and MEMS, gas turbines, engine controls, turbomachinery fluid mechanics and noise, turbine heat transfer, instrumentation and measurement.