• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Nelson-Jackson Chair Professor
  • Director, Turbomachinery Laboratory
Eric Petersen

Educational Background

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

Research Interests

    • Combustion
    • Propulsion
    • Gas Dynamics
    • Chemical Kinetics
    • Rocket Propellants
    • Laser Diagnostics and Spectroscopy
    • Laminar and Turbulent Flames
    • Shock Tubes
    • Gas Turbine Combustion
    • Detonations

Industry Experience

    • Research Scientist at The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA, 1997 – 2001.
    • Analytical Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, West Palm Beach, FL, 1990 – 1993.

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 Combustion Institute Fellow
  • 2020 AIAA Associate Fellow
  • 2019 Holder of the Nelson-Jackson Chair in Mechanical Engineering
  • 2019 Dean of Engineering Excellence Award, Professor Level
  • 2017 TEES Senior Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2015 The James J. Cain Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2014 Best Paper Award, X ISHPMIE
  • 2013 Nelson-Jackson Professor
  • 2011 TEES Fellow Award
  • 2010 & 2011 Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2010 ASME Fellow
  • 2010 Faculty Fellow, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center
  • 2010-2012 Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professorship
  • 2009 Best Paper Award, 2008 ASME Turbo Expo
  • 2007 Research Incentive Award, UCF
  • 2006 Outstanding Researcher Award, Assistant Professor, CECS, UCF
  • 2006 Teaching Incentive Program Award, UCF
  • 2003, 2005 & 2006 Pi Tau Sigma Professor of the Year, UCF
  • 2006-2011NSF CAREER Award
  • 2004 Pi Tau Sigma Advisor of the Year, UCF

Selected Publications

  • S. P. Cooper, Z. K. Browne, S. A. Alturaifi, O. Mathieu, and E. L. Petersen, “Auto-Ignition of Gas Turbine Lubricating Oils in a Shock Tube Using Spray Injection,” Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 143, May, 2021, pp. 051008/7.
  • M. A. Turner, T. T. Paschal, P. Parajuli, W. D. Kulatilaka, and E. L. Petersen, “Resolving Flame Thickness Using High-Speed Chemiluminescence Imaging of OH* and CH* in Spherically Expanding Methane-Air Flames,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 38, Issue 2, 2021, pp. 2101-2108.
  • O. Mathieu, N. Chaumeix, Y. Yamamoto, S. Abid, C.-E. Paillard, T. Tezuka, H. Nakamura, C. Mulvihill, and E. L. Petersen, “Nitromethane Pyrolysis in Shock Tubes and a Micro Flow Reactor with a Controlled Temperature Profile,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 38, Issue 1, 2021, pp. 1007-1015.
  • J. C. Thomas, C. Paravan, J. M. Stahl, A. J. Tykol, F. A. Rodriguez, L. Galfetti, and E. L. Petersen, “Experimental Evaluation of HTPB/Paraffin Fuel Blends for Hybrid Rocket Applications,” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 229, 2021, 111386/14.
  • S. A. Alturaifi and E. L. Petersen, “Ammonia Line Strengths and N2-, O2-, Ar-, He-, and Self-Broadening Coefficients in the 2 Band Near 10.4 m,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Vol. 262, March, 2021, p. 107516.