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

2016 ASME Outstanding Professor of the Year

2014 Pi Kappa Alpha Professor of the Month

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 3192 ENgineering THermodymanics II

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

MAE 5829 Automotive Powertrains

 

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

Selected Publications

1. Micklow, G.J., “Injuries Related to Slips and Falls from Elevated Platforms for Automobile Transport”, Charles Armbruster, Attorney at Law, Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, April 2011

2. Micklow, G.J., “Injuries Related to Over-exertion while Securing Vehicles on an Automobile Transport”, Charles Armbruster, Attorney at Law, Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, April 2011

3. Micklow, G.J. “Engineering and Ergonomic Analysis of Injuries Related to Slips and Falls while Loading/Unloading Car Carriers”, Charles Armbruster, Attorney at Law, Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, April 2011

4. Micklow, G.J. “, “On-Road Vehicle Testing to Investigate the Effects of Oil and Fuel Additives on Fuel Economy for Class 8 Trucks”, June 2011, Advanced Technology Lubricants Inc.

5. Micklow, G.J. “Investigation Effect of the Water Content in Emulsified Fuels on Diesel Engine Performance and Pollutant Emission Formation” June 2011.

6. Abdel-Salam, T. M., G.J. Micklow, “A Three Dimensional Computational Study of the Effect Inlet Conditions On Supersonic Mixing and Combustion”, Proceedings of the I MECH E Part D Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 2012.

7. Micklow, G.J., “Slips and Falls from Elevated Platforms for Car Carriers”, Stabinski & Funt, Attorneys at Law, 757 NW 27th Ave, Third Floor, Miami, Florida, April 2012

8. Micklow, G.J., “Injuries from Falls from Elevated Platforms for Automotive Transports”, Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC, 600 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Towson, MD 21204, December 2012

9. Micklow, G.J., H. von Helldorff, “The Effect of Fuel Temperature on the Performance of Direct Injection Compression Ignition Engine Configurations”, ILASS Americas 26th Annual Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, Portland, OR, May 2014

10. Micklow, G.J., “The Effect of Local Equivalence Ratio on the Performance and Pollutant Emission Formation of Direct Injection Compression Ignition Engine Configurations”, ASME 2014 Internal Combustion Engine Division, Fall Technical Conference, October 19-22, 2014 Columbus, IN, USA

11. Micklow, G.J., “Engine Testing to investigate the effects of engine modifications on fuel economy for Reefer Trailer configurations” November 2014

12. Micklow, G.J., E. Tootoonchi “Pollutant Emission and Increased Efficiency for Compression Ignition Engines Utilizing Biodiesel through Optimization of the Fuel Injection Process”, SAE World Congress, 2015, Detroit, MI.

13. Micklow, G.J., Rodiouchkina, M., Pettersson, H., Hefazi, H., “Development of a synthesis level design model in automobile application suitable for MDO using CO approach”, SAE World Congress, 2015, Detroit, MI.

14. Micklow, G.J., D. Becknell, E. Tootoonchi, H. von Helldorff, D. Levine “The Effect of Local Fuel/Air Ratio on the Performance and Pollutant Emission Formation of Direct Injection Compression Ignition Engine Configurations”, International Journal of Modern Studies in Mechanical Engineering, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2015

15. Micklow, G.J. “An Enhanced Correlation Thermodynamic Model for Fuel Inducted Spark-Ignition Engine Cycle Optimization”, Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology, Volume. 2, Issue. 12, December 2015.

16. Micklow, G.J. “Analysis of a Ram air driven turbine generator battery charging system using to extend the range of an electric vehicle”, December 2015.

17. Tootoonchi, E., G.J. Micklow, “Thermophysical properties validation for Soy Methyl Ester (SME) biodiesel through experimental spray data”, Biofuels, Taylor and Francis, April 2016.

18. A. Bhargava, G. J. Micklow, “Review of the Characteristics of Low Temperature Combustion”, ILASS Americas 28th Annual Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, Detroit, MI, May 2016