Ben T. Zinn was born in Tel Aviv in 1937. He is noted for his professional soccer career as well as his time spent in academia. Zinn attended New York University for his undergradate studies in Mechanical Engineering and moved to Standford and later Princeton for graduate school. In 1965, Zinn came to Georgia Tech and now serves as the David S. Lewis Chair and Regents' Professor. The Ben T. Zinn Conbustion Laboratory is named in honor of him.
- Awarded the George Westinghouse Gold Medal in 2006
- Awarded the Egerton Gold Medal of Aircraft Engine Technology
- Holds thirteen patents