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Miki Amitay



Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Director, Center for Flow Physics and Control


D.Sc. 1994 Technion, Israel: Aerospace Engineering
M.Sc. 1990 Technion, Israel: Aerospace Engineering
B.Sc. 1987 Technion, Israel: Aeronautical Engineering


Professor Michael Amitay received his D.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 1994. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona from 1994-1996. From 1996 until 2003 Dr. Amitay was at Georgia Institute of Technology where he held several positions the latest was Senior Research Engineer. He joined the faculty of the Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department in the summer of 2003 as assistant professor, named associate professor in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Synthetic jets
  • Flow control on 3-D configurations
  • Flow control on inlet ducts
  • Performance enhancements of wind turbines
  • Aerodynamics of wind

Professor Amitay's research interests are focused on active and passive flow control techniques and their applications in aerodynamics (airfoils, bluff bodies and mini and micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). He is a recognized expert in fluid dynamics and flow control physics. Other research topics include the development of flow control techniques to boost the performance of aerial and underwater vehicles, as well as increase the efficency and lifespan of wind turbines and buildings.


2012 James Decker '45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering at RPI

Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2001, 2002 AIAA)

2001 ATAS Outstanding Technical Publications Award


Miki Amitay

5038 Jonsson Engineering Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180

Office: (518) 276-3340
Lab: (518) 276-3410
Fax: (518) 276-3055