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Congratulations to Greg Natsui – Recipient of GE Global Research Doctoral Fellow! Fellowship Terms

Nomination to be sought soon for GE Global Research Doctoral Fellowship at CATER. The link to apply will be added within two weeks


A paper by Perry Johnson is currently 7th on the list of most frequently read articles from AIAA’s Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer. The standings are based on number of full text article downloads on the online digital library.

The paper content was a subset of Perry’s undergraduate Honors in the Major thesis work which eventually received the First Place Outstanding Thesis Award at the 2012 Founder’s Day Honors Convocation.

Later, a derived paper was named the 2013 David Weaver Best Student Paper by the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee.

These facts underscore the quality, scope, and impact of the work performed by students at CATER.


The technical paper “Large Eddy Simulations of the Hydrodynamic and Thermal Fields from a Cylindrical Film Cooling Hole,” AIAA-2012-3311 has been named the 2013 David Weaver Best Student Paper by the Thermophysics Technical Committee.

The lead author, Perry Johnson, prepared the paper for the 43rd Thermophysics Conference held in New Orleans, LA with the presentation eventually being made by Lucky Tran. Perry will receive a $500 honorarium; all authors will receive a certificate of merit.


The brand new CATER website is now live! More material will be added so check back soon!


Earlier this summer, the ASME IGTI announced Lucky Tran as the winner of the 2011 IGTI Scholarship. The announcement was made to the greater public on the September issue of ASME’s ME Today

Once a year, the International Gas Turbine Institute awards a $5,000 scholarship to a student member of ASME who shows superior academic performance combined with a demonstrated interest in the areas of gas turbines, propulsion technology, or turbomachinery.

To be considered for a scholarship, a student of high academic standing must be enrolled at an accredited college or university (U.S. or international) that has a gas turbine program or related content within its engineering curriculum. The selection pool consists of individuals from all over the world.


UCF and CATER hosted President Abdul Kalam, Eleventh President of India (2002-2007). He gave a presentation titled “World Space Vision 2050,” in the Pegasus Ballroom, and later met with students and staff for refreshments at the Siemens Energy Center.