Thursday, February 16, 2023
11:20 – 11:50 HG F 30 | Audi Max
Keynote 11: Status Update and Future Direction for the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University
Dr. Petersen is presently a Professor and holder of the Nelson-Jackson Chair in the J. Mike Walker ‘66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He is currently the Director of the TEES Turbomachinery Laboratory (since 2018).
He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1998), his M.S. from the University of Florida (1990), and his B.S. from the University of Central Florida (1988), all in Mechanical Engineering. After receiving his M.S. degree, he worked for three years as an Analytical Engineer in the combustion group at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, Florida (1990-’93).
Dr. Petersen was a staff scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in the Propulsion Science & Experimental Mechanics Department from 1997 to 2001. During his period at Aerospace, Dr. Petersen was also an instructor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Petersen has been at TAMU since January, 2008. Prior to his current position at TAMU, Dr. Petersen was an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Central Florida (2001-07).
His research has been in the fields of gas dynamics; propulsion; combustion; shock wave physics and chemistry; chemical kinetics; optical diagnostics and spectroscopy; combustion instability; and rocket combustion.
He has authored over 620 papers in these areas, including 204 archival journal papers. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2006 and has received several awards for teaching at both UCF and TAMU. Dr. Petersen has advised 21 Ph.D. and 62 M.S. degrees. His research team currently is comprised of 16 people, including research professors, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students.
He is a fellow of ASME and the Combustion Institute, and he is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He a long-time board member and current President of the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems.