Experimental Engines

Associate Professor A. M. Steinberg
University of Toronto
Institute for Aerospace Studies
4925 Dufferin St., Ontario, Canada M3H 5T6

Phone:  +1-416-667-7882
Fax:  +1-416-667-7799
Email:  steinberg (at) utias.utoronto.ca
Web:  arrow.utias.utoronto.ca/~steinberg/


  • Ph.D. – University of Michigan
  • M.S.E. – University of Michigan
  • B.A.Sc. – University of Toronto

Awards and Honors

  • Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science Early Research Award (2016)
  • McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction (2015)
  • Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Research Award (2015)
  • AIAA Best Paper Award in Propellants and Combustion (2010, 2012)
  • Combustion Institute Distinguished Paper Award in Turbulent Flames (2010)

Research Overview

Professor Steinberg heads the Experimental Engines (E2) Laboratory at UTIAS. Research in this laboratory can be broadly broken down into three themes:

  • Applied research aimed at solving problems that currently limit the performance of aerospace propulsion and power generation engines;
  • Fundamental research towards a scientific understanding of turbulence and turbulent chemically reacting flows, in order to create innovative energy conversion technologies and improve modelling capabilities; and
  • Development of advanced laser-based measurement techniques for fluid mechanics and combustion.

E2 research makes use of state-of-the-art experimental facilities, including:

  • The Advanced Combustion Energy Research (ACER) facility, which can replicate actual jet-engine operating conditions in the laboratory;
  • Optically accessible model combustors, which allow isolation of particular phenomena of interest; and
  • Numerous laser- and optical-measurement systems, which allow exploration of the fluid, thermal, and chemical state internal to complex flows.

Projects in the E2 Lab partner with some of the largest industrial and governmental labs from around the world, including GE, Pratt & Whitney, Siemens, the US Air Force Research Lab, the Sandia Combustion Research Facility, and the German Aerospace Center.

Please see the E2 Lab webpage for details of current projects.