Eric Loth

MAE Department Chair and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor

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Prof. Eric Loth is a graduate from of the University of Michigan where he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a dissertation on experiments of multiphase supersonic turbulent flows. He earned M.S. and B.S. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University, also in Aerospace Engineering, where he conducted research in the area of aerodynamic simulations. In 1990, he joined the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department and rose to Associate and then Full Professor by 2002. In that year, he was also named a Willett Faculty Scholar of the College of Engineering. In 2008, he was also appointed the Associate Head of Undergraduate Studies. He has held visiting appointments at University of Cambridge, Brown University, University of California San Diego, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Arnold Engineering and Development Center. In January 2010, he joined the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia as Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering.

Research Interests

Current research focuses on supersonic, multiphase, bio-inspired, nano-scale, and aeroelastic fluid dynamics with applications to aircraft, propulsion and wind turbine aerodynamics as well as energy storage systems.

Recent Publications

  1. E. Loth, N. Titchener, H. Babinsky and L. Povinelli , A Canonical NSBLI Flow Relevant to External Compression Inlets, AIAA Journal 51, 2208-2217 (2013)
  2. T. Coyne, E. Loth, J. Koncsek, D. Davis, T. Conners and D. Howe , Simulations of a Low-Boom Axisymmetric External Compression Inlet, Aeronautical Journal 117, 1-18 (2013)
  3. J. Cheek, I. Bayer & E. Loth , Underwater Saturation Resistance and Electrolytic Functionality for Superhydrophobic Nanocomposites, Colloid and Polymer Science 291, 2013-2016 (2013)
  4. I. Bayer, A. Steele & E. Loth, A Superhydrophobic and Electroconductive Carbon Nanotube-Fluorinated Acrylic Copolymer Nanocomposites from Emulsions, Chemical Engineering Journal 221, 552-530 (2013)
  5. B. Tillotson, E. Loth, J.C. Dutton, J. Mace & B. Haeffele , Experimental Study of a Mach 3 Bump Compression Flowfield, AIAA J. of Propulsion and Power May-June, (2009)