Mirko Gamba

Associate Professor


3045 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140


Additional Title(s)

  • Associate Director, University of Michigan Space Institute

Mirko Gamba is an Associate Professor in the Aerospace Department. His interests include laser diagnostics for fluids and reacting flows, low- and high-speed mixing and combustion. His research has focused on experimental investigation of supersonic combustion phenomena in scramjet-type environments, hypersonic impulse facilities, development and application of PLIF-based techniques for mixing and thermometry in supersonic flows, and turbulent nonpremixed combustion.


  • University of Texas at Austin
    • PhD in Aerospace Engineering
    • MSE in Mechanical Engineering
  • Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
    • Laurea in Mechanical Engineering


  • AE520 – Compressible Flow

Research Interests

Scalar imaging and velocity measurements in turbulent reacting flows; Subsonic and supersonic mixing and combustion; and, Laser diagnostics for fluid flows (reacting and nonreacting).

Professional Service

  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Physical Society – Division of Fluid Dynamics


  • AIAA Propellants and Combustion Best Paper: Ignition and Near-Wall Burning in Transverse Hydrogen Jets in Supersonic Crossflow, M. Gamba, M.G. Mungal, and R.K. Hanson. Paper No. AIAA-2011-0319
  • AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Best Paper: Requirements, Capabilities, and Accuracy of Time-Resolved PIV in Turbulent Reacting Flows, M. Gamba and N.T. Clemens. Paper No. AIAA-2011-0362
  • ENI Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2000-2002