Louis Cattafesta

Title: University Eminent Scholar and Professor, Mechanical Engineering / AME Director
Office Location: AME 104C


Louis N. Cattafesta III is currently a University Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. He is also Director of the Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics, and Energy (AME) Building, which houses the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, CISCOR, and the Power Lab and Energy Sustainability Laboratories. He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from Penn State University, a MS degree in Aeronautics from MIT in 1988 via an AFRAPT Fellowship, and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from Penn State University via a PSU College of Engineering Dean’s Fellowship and a NASA GSRP Fellowship. In 1992, he joined High Technology Corporation as a Research Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center. His research at NASA Langley focused on supersonic laminar flow control and pressure- and temperature-sensitive paint measurement techniques, and in 1996 he was awarded the 1996 NASA Team Excellence Award for his contributions. At that time, he became involved in active control of flow-induced cavity oscillations, which provoked his current research interests in active flow control and aeroacoustics. He joined the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and was promoted to an Associate and Full Professor in 2003 and 2008, respectively, before joining Florida State University in 2012. Funding for his research has been provided by grants from NASA, AFOSR, ONR, NSF, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, General Electric, Gulfstream, among others. Dr. Cattafesta has co-authored 4 AIAA best conference paper awards in 2001, 2002, and two in 2004. He is the author or co-author of 7 US Patents, 7 book chapters, and approximately 90 archival journal publications. Dr. Cattafesta is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Fellow of ASME and APS. He is also a member of ASA. He is currently an Associate Editor for Experiments in Fluids. Prior to this he was an Associate Editor for AIAA Journal.