Eric Loth


MAE Department Chair and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor

Publications: Google Scholar Profile

Website: Fluid Research & Innovation Laboratory (FRIL)



Prof. Eric Loth is the Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and serves as the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Engineering. For his formal education, 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.   He is also the Principal of the International Residential College.

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. Our group is particularly interested in developing and analyzing technologies that can further aerospace and renewable energy systems.

Professor Loth’s Work on Morphing Wind Turbines