• Nelson-Jackson Chair
  • Director, Turbomachinery Laboratory
Eric Petersen

Educational Background

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

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

  • Dean of Engineering Excellence Award, Professor Level (2019)
  • 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)

Selected Publications

  • C. R. Mulvihill, M. W. Crofton, D. G. Arnold, E. L. Petersen, and K. Y. Lam, “A Laser Diagnostic at 427 nm for Quantitative Measurements of CH in a Shock Tube,” Applied Physics B, Vol. 125, 2019, p. 78 (1-11).
  • S. A. Alturaifi, R. L. Rebagay, O. Mathieu, B. Guo, and E. L. Petersen, “A Shock-Tube Auto-Ignition Study of Jet, Rocket, and Diesel Fuel,” Energy & Fuels, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2019, pp. 2516-2525.
  • J. C. Thomas, T. E. Sammet, C. A. M. Dillier, A. R. Demko, F. A. Rodriguez, and E. L. Petersen, “Aging Effects on the Burning Rates of Composite Solid Propellants with Nano-Additives,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2019, pp. 342-351.
  • L. T. Pinzón, O. Mathieu, C. R. Mulvihill, I. Schoegl, and E. L. Petersen, “Ignition Delay Time and H2O Measurements During Methanol Oxidation Behind Reflected Shock Waves,” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 203, 2019, pp. 143-156.
  • O. Mathieu, W. D. Kulatilaka, and E. L. Petersen, “Shock-Tube Studies of Sarin Surrogates,” Shock Waves, Vol. 29, 2019, pp. 441-449.