Dr. ERIC PETERSEN
- Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Nelson-Jackson Chair Professor
- Turbomachinery Laboratory Director
- Gas turbine combustion
- Gas dynamics and propulsion
- Chemical kinetics
- Rocket propellants
- Optical diagnostics and spectroscopy
Dr. Eric Petersen is the Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Petersen has been with the Turbo Lab for 10-plus years and is the Nelson-Jackson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research encompasses gas dynamics, propulsion, combustion, shock waves, chemical kinetics, optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, laminar and turbulent flames, and rocket combustion. He has authored more than 400 journal and conference papers in these areas. He is vice-president of the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (IDERS) and an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power and the Journal of Propulsion and Power. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), The Combustion Institute and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Petersen holds three degrees in mechanical engineering: a bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida (1988), a master’s from the University of Florida (1990) and a doctorate from Stanford University (1998). Before coming to Texas A&M, Petersen taught at the University of Central Florida. Prior to becoming a professor, he was an analytical engineer in the combustion group at Pratt & Whitney for three years, and a research scientist in the propulsion science group at the Aerospace Corporation for four years.
- Stanford University, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (1998)
- University of Florida, M.S., Mechanical Engineering (1990)
- University of Central Florida, B.S., Mechanical Engineering (1988)
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
- 2010-2012 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
- 2010 Faculty Fellow, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
- 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.