Eric Petersen

Nelson-Jackson Professor

Director, Turbomachinery Laboratory

Eric Petersen

Office: MEOB 418
Phone: 979.845.1257
Fax: 979.845.3081

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Research Interests

Combustion, propulsion, shock waves, chemical kinetics, solid rocket propellants, laser diagnostics, spectroscopy, compressible flow, shock tubes, gas turbine combustion, fluid mechanics, aerosols, advanced additives, high-speed aerodynamics, and liquid rocket combustion.

Awards & Honors

  • TEES Senior Faculty Fellow Award (2017)
  • The James J. Cain Graduate Teaching Award (2015)
  • Best Paper Award, X ISHPMIE (2014)
  • Nelson-Jackson Professor (2013)
  • TEES Fellow Award (2011)
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2010, 2011)
  • ASME Fellow (2010)
  • Faculty Fellow, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (2010)
  • Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professorship (2010-2012)
  • Best Paper Award, 2008 ASME Turbo Expo (2009)
  • Research Incentive Award, UCF (2007)
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, Assistant Professor, CECS, UCF (2006)
  • Teaching Incentive Program Award, UCF (2006)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Professor of the Year, UCF (2003, 2005, 2006)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2006-2011)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Advisor of the Year, UCF (2004)


  • Stanford University, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (1998)
  • University of Florida, M.S., Mechanical Engineering (1990)
  • University of Central Florida, B.S., Mechanical Engineering (1988)

Selected Publications

Y. Zhang, O. Mathieu, E. L. Petersen, G. Bourque, and H. J. Curran, “Assessing the Predictions of a NOx Kinetic Mechanism on Recent Hydrogen and Syngas Experimental Data,” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 182, 2017, pp. 122-141.

J. W. Hargis and E. L. Petersen, “Shock-Tube Boundary-Layer Effects on Reflected-Shock Conditions With and Without CO2,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2017, pp. 902-912.

C. Osorio, A. Morones, J. W. Hargis, E. L. Petersen, and M. S. Mannan, “Effect of C2HF5 and C3HF7 on Methane and Propane Ignition and Laminar Flame Speed: Experimental and Numerical Evaluation,” Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Vol. 48, 2017, pp. 21-31.

A. R. Demko, T. W. Allen, J. C. Thomas, M. Johnson, G. R. Morrow, D. L. Reid, S. Seal, and E. L. Petersen, “Comparison of Commercially Available and Synthesized Titania Nano-Additives in Composite HTPB/AP Propellant,” Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, Vol. 42, Issue 2, 2017, pp. 158-166.

O. Mathieu, C. Mulvihill, and E. L. Petersen, “Shock-Tube Water Time-Histories and Ignition Delay Time Measurements for H2S Near Atmospheric Pressure,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 36, 2017, pp. 4019-4027.