Georgios Koutsakis


Physical Address

Room 405
Mechanical Engineering Building

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Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 2023

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2022

Diploma, Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia–Kozani, Greece, 2016


Prof. Koutsakis is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of New Mexico. He developed techniques to maximize in-cylinder heat insulation while ensuring coating durability under the extreme and unsteady conditions of a diesel engine. His expertise was recognized in 2020 when he received the Society of Automotive Engineers Myers Award for Outstanding Student and Young Professional Paper. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Virginia. His research then was centered on characterizing and modeling radiative and conductive heat transfer of high-temperature radiation barrier coatings and thermal protection systems, with applications ranging from advanced gas turbines to spacecrafts. He is a member of the SAE, ASME and AIAA. Prof. Koutsakis’ current research focuses on problems involving heat transfer, materials science, and fracture mechanics, particularly in the contexts of propulsion and power generation systems.

Teaching Interests

  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fracture Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Energy
  • Heat Transfer
  • Reactive Flows
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Propulsion Materials