Micklow, Gerald

Professor, Department of Mechnical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Personal Overview

Gerald J. Micklow is a full professor in the Department  of Mechanical and Aersopace Engineering.  He is a licensed engineer and has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of advanced power producing systems for over 35 years.

He received both his BS and MS from Penn State in Aerospace Engineering. He has eight years of industrial experience during which he maintained a top-secret security clearance designing advanced aircraft and missile configurations. He then went to Virginia Tech as full time faculty to obtain his PhD.  He secured his own funding from Allison Gas Turbines to perform the computational analysis of transonic compressor blades for his dissertation. After completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, he moved on to the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor. There, he developed  graduate level courses in computational fluid dynamics,  graduate level courses in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, and undergraduate courses in internal combustion engines, fluid dynamics, aircraft propulsion, compressible flow, numerical analysis and thermodynamics.

At the University of Alabama, Mechanical Engineering Department, he moved my research into automotive applications. He helped to start the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technology (CAVT) which is still in existence and thriving today.

At the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC), he was one of the key contributors to start the Motorsports Engineering program within the Mechanical Engineering department. There, he together with his students worked directly for four of the most competitive NASCAR teams in existence today. He brought NASA into NASCAR.   He helped to start the North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center (NCMARC).

In 1995, he was awarded the SAE Ralph Teetor Award for teaching excellence. He has received continuous funding from NASA and various government institutions since 1988. He was inducted into the U.S. Space Institute Innovative Technology Hall of Fame in April 2000. In October 2002, He was given the NASA Space Act Award for work related to the Space Shuttle. In 2009, He received the SAE Faculty Advisor award.

Currently,he is a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, head of Automotive Engineering and the director of the Florida Center for Automotive Research (FCAR). His research over the years has been heavily funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, Argonne National Labs, NavAir, Cummins, Caterpillar and others.  Areas of interest are jet and rocket propulsion systems, advanced low pollutant emission, high efficiency combustions sytems for advanced aircraft and automotive applications, alternative fuels and renewable energy systems.

Educational Background

B.S.‑1975 Pennsylvania State University

Major: Aerospace Engineering

M.S.‑1981 Pennsylvania State University

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D.‑1989 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Recognition & Awards

2009 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Faculty Advisor Award

Licensed Professional Engineer, State of North Carolina, December 2004-present

NASA Space Grant Act Award October 2002

Inducted into the U.S.Space Foundation Technology Hall of Fame, April 2000

1997 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship Award

1996 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Award

1995 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph Teetor Award

Certificate of Recognition for Creative Development of a Technical Innovation,NASA Lewis Research Center 1995

1995 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Award

1990 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Award

1989 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Award

Current Courses

MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics

MAE 3161 Fluid Mechanics

MAE 4500 Fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines

MAE 5320 Advanced Internal Combustion Engines

MAE 4261 Air-Breathing Engines

MAE 5150 Computational Fluid Dynamics

MAE 5310 Combustion Fundamentals


Additional Duties

Director, Florida Center for Automotive Research (FCAR)

Head, Automotive Engineering

Editor, Scientific Journals International, Journal of Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial Engineering

Editor, International Journal of Green Energy, Energy and Environment

Associate Editor (AE), SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants