Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Gas Compressor Engineering, at Solar Turbines Incorporated in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for design, research and the development of Solar’s Centrifugal Gas Compressors, including aerodynamic, rotordynamic, and mechanical design. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991. He has authored numerous publications as well as several Books on turbomachinery related topics, is an ASME fellow, and won the ASME Industrial Gas Turbine Award in 2013. Dr. Kurz is a member of the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, the ASME Oil and Gas Applications Committee, the GMRC Board of Directors, the GTEN Committee, and the GPPS Executive Committee.