• 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, 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

  • 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, O. Mathieu, I. Schoegl, and E. L. Petersen, “High-Pressure Ignition Delay Time Measurements of a Four-Component Gasoline Surrogate and its High-Level Blends with Ethanol and Methyl Acetate,” Fuel, Vol. 275, Sept., 2020, p. 118016.
  • D. Nativel, S. P. Cooper, T. Lipcowicz, M. Fikri, E. L. Petersen, and C. Schulz, “Impact of Shock-Tube Facility-Dependent Effects on Incident- and Reflected-Shock Conditions over a Wide Range of Pressures and Mach Numbers,” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 217, 2020, pp. 200 – 211.
  • O. Mathieu, T. Sikes, W. D. Kulatilaka, and E. L. Petersen, “Ignition Delay Time and Laminar Flame Speed Measurements of Mixtures Containing Diisopropyl-Methylphos¬phonate (DIMP),” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 215, 2020, pp. 66 - 77.
  • J. C. Thomas, G. R. Morrow, C. A. M. Dillier, and E. L. Petersen, “Comprehensive Study of Ammonium Perchlorate Particle Size/Concentration Effects on Propellant Combustion,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2020, pp. 95 - 100.
  • C. L. Keesee, B. Guo, and E. L. Petersen, “Laminar Flame Speed Experiments of Alternative Liquid Fuels,” Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 142, No. 1, 2020, p. 011013.