Steven L. Lerner, Ph.D.

Steven L. Lerner

Steven L. Lerner, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice and Director, Mechanical Engineering

Office Location: Embrey 301R

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  • Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The Cooper Union

  • Executive Program, Stanford University, School of Business


Steven Lerner is Professor of Practice and Director of SMU’s MS in Mechanical Engineering program. Dr. Lerner holds ten US patents and has extensive corporate executive leadership experience, including Chief Technology Officer and Corporate SVP of Praxair, Inc (now Linde), a Fortune 250 global company providing industrial gases, healthcare services, electronic materials and coatings. Dr. Lerner has served extensively on boards and advisory boards including Praxair Technology Inc., Industrial Research Institute Inc., Princeton University Mechanical Engineering Department, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Connecticut, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and multiple tech firms in alternative energy, biofuels, and materials industries.

Honors and Awards

  • Chairman of The Industrial Research Institute, founded by Congress in 1938 to improve U.S. competitiveness

  • Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellowship

  • National Science Foundation Fellowship

  • The Cooper Union Alumni Association award

  • Received the Dean’s award, highest award given by the School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, Commencement speaker, SUNY at Buffalo, SEAS.


  • Thermal systems design
  • Sustainability, efficiency and energy recovery
  • Corporate innovation management practices
  • Medical devices

Recent Publications

  • Goldman, B., Kitain, E., Koorn, R., Koltchine, V., Lerner, S. L., Patent, "Pressure Device", 10,357,405 B2, Regular, United States, 3K Anesthesia Innovations, LLP.
    (application: November 8, 2016, approve: July 23, 2019).