• PhD Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
  • BSE Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2009


Professor Goldenstein joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Purdue University in the Winter of 2016. His research currently focuses on the development and application of novel laser-based sensors for studying energetic materials and propulsion systems and he currently teaches thermodynamics (ME 200, ME 300) at Purdue. From 2009 to 2016 he conducted his graduate and postdoctoral research in the Hanson Group at Stanford University. There his research focused on the development and application of infrared laser diagnostics for studying: propulsion and energy systems (e.g., scramjets, detonation engines, biomass gasifier), molecular spectroscopy, infrared photophysics, and chemical kinetics. In 2009 he worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Since 2011, Dr. Goldenstein has published more than 30 articles and 1 textbook. He is a member of the Optical Society of America, the Combustion Institute, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tau Beta Pi, and is one of the founding developers of SpectraPlot. Outside of his research Dr. Goldenstein enjoys exploring the outdoors, fishing, photographing wildlife, and spending time with his family and friends.