Pei-feng Hsu

Professor | Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Contact Information
(321) 674-7246
Frederick C. Crawford Bldg, Rm 405

Personal Overview

ASME, Fellow
AIAA, Associate Fellow
ASHRAE, Senior Member

Educational Background

B.S. National Taiwan University 1980
M.S. State University of New York, Buffalo 1985
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 1991

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Florida Institute of Technology, 2004-present
  • Associate Vice President, May, 2019-July, 2020
  • Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, 2013-April, 2019
  • Assistant Vice President for International Programs, 2012-2013
  • Department Head, Florida Institute of Technology, 2007-2013
  • Associate professor, Florida Institute of Technology, 1999-2004
  • Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering Program, 1999-2000
  • Assistant professor, Florida Institute of Technology, 1994-1999
  • The Boeing Company Welliver Faculty Fellow, 2002
  • Research associate, Wayne State University, 1992-1993
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 1991-1992
  • Section chief, Information Systems Section, King HVAC Machinery Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, 1986-1987
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Feng-Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, 1986-1987

Selected Publications

Y. Wu, Y. Wang, P.-f. Hsu, M.H. McCay, D.E. Croy, D. Moreno, L. He, C. Wang, and H. Zhang, (2019), "Laser Thermal Gradient Testing and Fracture Mechanics Study of a Thermal Barrier Coating," J. Thermal Spray Tech. DOI, June 2019.

A.M.D. Jost, J. Zhang, P.-f. Hsu, and M.H. McCay (2018), "A multi-physics study of the effect of fluid-thermo-structure interactions on thin film coatings under extreme environments," The 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, March 4–7, 2018, TFEC-2018-22299.

M.H. McCay, P.-f. Hsu, D.E. Croy, D. Moreno, M. Zhang (2017), "The Fabrication, High Heat Flux Testing, and Failure Analysis of Thermal Barrier Coatings for Power Generation Gas Turbines," Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Expo Turbomachinery Technical Conference, Turbo Expo 2017, pp. 1-9, Charlotte, North Caroline, GT2017-63683.

J. Qiu, D.F. Ran, L.H. Liu, and P.-f. Hsu (2016), "Mueller matrix of specular reflection by an aluminum grating surface with oxide nano-film," Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 70, Iss. 6, 1 June 2016, Pages 1009-1017.

 J. Qiu, L.H. Liu, and P.-f. Hsu (2015), "Thermal Radiation in Subwavelength Aluminum Foam Structures by Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method," J. Quant. Spect. & Rad. Transfer, Vol. 158, June 2015, Pages 101-110.

Y. Jiao, L.H. Liu, and P.-f. Hsu (2014), "Spectral Radiative Property Control Method Based on Filling Solution," J. Quant. Spect. & Rad. Transfer, Vol. 132, pp. 61-69.

J. Qiu, P.-f. Hsu, and L.H. Liu (2014), "Infrared Radiative Properties of Two-dimensional Square Optical Black Holes with Materials of Insulators and Semiconductors," J. Quant. Spect. & Rad. Transfer, Vol. 132, pp. 99-108.

Y. Jiao, L.H. Liu, and P.-f. Hsu (2014), " Radiative Properties Tailoring of Grating by Comb-drive Microactuator," J. Quant. Spect. & Rad. Transfer, Vol. 143, pp. 35-45.

Z. F. Huang, H. C. Zhou, G.H. Wang, and P.-f. Hsu (2014), "Equation Solving DRESOR Method for Radiative Transfer in Three-Dimensional Rectangular Enclosures,” J. Heat Transfer, Vol. 136(9), pp 092702-1.

J. Qiu, W. J. Zhang, L.H. Liu, P.-f. Hsu, L. J. Liu (2014), "Reflective Properties of Random Roughness Surfaces under Large Incidence Angles," J. Opt Soc. Am., A, Vol. 31(6), pp. 1251-1258.


  • Thermal barrier coating thermal endurance, thermal transport properties, and failure mechanism
  • High performance radiative transport equation and Maxwell's equations models

  • Radiative properties of micro/nano-scale structured surfaces in IR 

  • Radiative properties of thin films and coated surfaces

Research & Project Interests

Thermal barrier coating thermal gradient testing and finite element analysis of fracture failures.  Multidimensional radiation heat transfer in flames, combustion systems, and radiating gases with spectrally dependent properties; combined mode heat transfer; premixed combustion with detailed multistep chemistry kinetics; electromagnetic wave scattering of small particles; directional and wavelength-selective radiative properties of micro- and nano-scale devices; reflection from random roughness surfaces with and without coating; transient radiation processes for optical imaging using ultra-fast light pulses; and HVAC systems.