Paul D. Ronney

Engineer and trained astronaut specializing in tiny electrical power generators and flames in space

Professor and Chair of aerospace and mechanical engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering


  • Combustion
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Space
  • Astronaut
  • Energy
  • Automotive
  • Engines
  • Rockets
  • Propulsion

Additional Information

  • Recipient, Starley Premium Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (U.K.) (1994); and Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (1987)
  • Had flame ball experiments conducted aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia (2003)
  • Alternate payload specialist astronaut for Columbia mission (1997)
  • Trained as an astronaut for 2 Space Shuttle flights in 1997

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