Mirko Gamba
Mirko Gamba received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2009 from the University of Texas Austin in experimental techniques (Volumetric PIV, OH PLIF) used to image turbulent non-premixed jet flames. Sequentially he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University from 2009 – 2012 where he imaged the reaction zone of transverse jets in supersonic crossflow via OH PLIF. Mirko Gamba joined the department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2012 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. Current research at the Gas Dynamics Imaging Laboratory (GDIL) focuses on laser diagnostics for combustion flows, rotating detonation engines, combustion instabilities, and shock-boundary layer interactions.

Ph.D. Students

Alex Feleo

Ph.D. Candidate

Jose Guerrero

Ph.D. Candidate

Research interests include laser absorption spectroscopy, rotating detonation engines, and combustion/ propulsion.

Riley Huff

Ph.D. Candidate

Research interests are in the quantification and estimation of losses within a Rotating
Detonation Engine (RDE), Bayesian model calibration/parameter estimation, and Aerospace propulsion.

Rahul Ramesh

Ph.D. Candidate


Visiting Scholars

Kohei Ozawa, Ph.D


Fabian Chacon, Ph.D.

Thesis: Non-Ideal Phenomenon in Rotating Detonation Combustors 

Jacob France, Ph.D.

Thesis: High Temperature and Pressure Measurements from TDLAS Through the Application of 2nd Derivative Fitting and the Aggregate Boltzmann Method 

Logan White, Ph.D.

Thesis: Pulsed Mid-Infrared Upconversion Imaging in Rotating Detonation Combustors 


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Louis Edelman, Ph.D.

Thesis: Physics and Modeling of Quasi-Steady and Forced Shock Trains 



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Robin Hunt, Ph.D.

Thesis: Shock Train Structure and Dynamics 

Rohan Morajkar, Ph.D.

Thesis: Role of Secondary Flows on Flow Separation Induced by Shock/boundary-layer Interaction in Supersonic Inlets

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Yasin Abul-Huda, Ph.D.

Thesis: A Study of Combustion Augmentation in Supersonic Flows via a Pulsed-Detonation Device

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Josh Shepard, Ph.D.

Thesis: Experimental Characterization of Rotating Detonation Engine Loss Mechanisms





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