Honors and Awards:

Georgia Tech’s Combustion Laboratory was named “The Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory” on May 18, 2006.


Member, National Academy of Engineering, 1995


Director of the NASA University Institute on Aero-propulsion and Power at Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Florida A&M.


Holder of the honorary David S. Lewis, Jr. Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology


July 1, 1992Feb. 1995

Recipient of Georgia Tech’s 1990 Distinguished Professor Award


Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, People Republic of China


Director of Army’s Multidisciplinary Research Initiative on “Intelligent Turbine Engines”


Recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Westinghouse Gold Medal Award, 2005


Recipient of the 2005 IGTI (International Gas Turbine Institute) Scholar Award given to a person with a significant depth of knowledge in some aspect of gas turbine technology.


Recipient of the IGTI (International Gas Turbine Institute) 2005 Aircraft Engine Technology Award “For sustained personal creative contributions to aircraft engine technology in the areas of aircraft engine design and/or research and development performed in an industrial, academic or research laboratory environment.


Recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 1996 Propellants and Combustion Award


Recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Air Breathing Propulsion Award for 2003, “For Outstanding contributions to the understanding and active control of unsteady combustion phenomena in air breathing propulsion systems”


Recipient of the 2002 Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute “For distinguished continuing and encouraging contributions to the field of combustion”


Recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Pendray Aerospace Literature Award. Citation - “For continuous high-quality contributions to aerospace literature, especially for numerous pioneering papers in the field of oscillatory combustion and its control,” January 2000


Honored as one of "2000 Aerospace Laurels,"  “For Research to improve the performance of gas turbines and reduce emissions by reducing combustion instabilities through acoustic detection, new signal processing techniques and active control of fuel flow,” by Aviation Week and Space Technology, February, 2001


Georgia Institute of Technology Faculty Research Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Research Development," 1997


The Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award, 1976


NASA Certificate of Recognition for the Development of a Nozzle Admittance Computer Program, 1974 


Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Fellow of the American Acoustical Society


Member of the National Research Council Committee on the Future of Air Force Propulsion, 2006


Represented the US on the International LTTG Committee that determined the 2025 aircraft engines emissions goals, 2006


Delivered the honorary Fowler lecturer at Texas A & M University, February, 2004


Delivered the honorary “Lichtenstein Lecture,” at Ohio State University, January 2006


Presented the "Crocco Colloquium," Princeton University, October, 1996


Delivered a Plenary lecture at Japan's 2nd Symposium on Smart Control of Turbulence, Tokyo, Japan, March 5-6, 2001


Delivered the Plenary Lecture at the Annual Symposium of the Israeli Section of the Combustion Institute, Technion, Haifa, Israel, December 2005


Delivered the Plenary Lecture, 12 Annual Symposium of the Israeli Section of the Combustion Institute, Technion, Israel, December 12, 1996


Delivered the Plenary Lecture, 39th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1999


Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the AIAA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics book series, terms 2001-2003


Member of the editorial board of “Combustion Science and Technology” Journal


Member of the editorial board of “Progress in Energy and Combustion” Journal


Stanford University Engineering Honor Fellowship, 1961/1962


David Orr Mechanical Engineering Prize, New York University, June 1961


Graduated Cum Laude in Mechanical engineering, New York University, 1961


New York University’s Founder’s Day Award, 1961


Ford Honor Fellowship, Princeton University, 1962/1963






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