Senior Research Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Timothy Ombrello earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2009. Upon completing his graduate degree, he went on to work at the Air Force Research Laboratory, initially as a National Research Council Research Associate for one year before becoming a civilian employee. Currently, he is a Senior Research Aerospace Engineer in the Aerospace Systems Directorate, predominately performing research related to high-speed air-breathing propulsions systems, specifically supersonic combustion ramjets. His research covers a wide range of fluid dynamic and combustion challenges, with strong collaborations across academia and industry. His interests lie in performing research and crafting techniques to enhance reactivity for more rapid ignition and more robust flame propagation and stabilization, from fundamental bench-top to supersonic wind tunnel experiments. His contributions thus far have allowed him to be a recipient of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Early Career Award and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House.
He serves as a guest editor for the JANNAF Journal and the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and he is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.