Deanna Lacoste is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). She obtained her MS, Ph.D. and Habilitation from the University of Poitiers – ENSMA, in France. From 2003 to 2014, she has been a post-doctoral fellow and a CNRS research engineer at the EM2C Laboratory, Ecole Centrale Paris, in France. In 2014, she joined the CCRC as a research scientist and in 2016, she became an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. In 2021, she was promoted to associate professor. Professor Lacoste’s research focus on plasma-assisted combustion, detonations, control of flame dynamics and development of dedicated optical diagnostics.