William Engblom

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

MWF 1:30-3:00 T 10:00-11:00 or by appointment

Areas of Expertise

Computational fluid dynamics, Aerodynamics, Hypersonic vehicle propulsion

Dr. Engblom recently joined the Aerospace Engineering Department in 2013, and has also been a faculty member in the ERAU Mechanical Engineering Department since 2006. He teaches and conducts research in the area of computational fluid dynamics, propulsion, and aerodynamics. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and has published more than 50 conference paper, journals, and reports involving the development or application of high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multi-disciplinary numerical simulations.

He has managed over $1M in funded research while at ERAU. Recent projects include:

  • development of novel atmospheric satellite concept based on sailing for NASA
  • high-fidelity simulation of the HiFire and Hy-V scramjet propulsion systems for the DoD
  • characterization of rocket plume electrical fields for the FAA
  • hydrodynamic simulation of marine turbine for power generation for the DoE

Prior to joining ERAU, Dr. Engblom conducted numerical research for the Hyper-X and Quiet Aircraft Technology programs while at NASA Glenn Research Center from 2001-2005, and for the Delta and Titan launch vehicle programs while at The Aerospace Corporation from 1997-2001.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas System : Austin
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Engineering, University of Texas System : Austin

  • AE 700: Thesis
  • ME 409: Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • MMSE 700: Thesis
  • AE 495O: Computational Aerodynamics


AE516 Computational Aeronautical Fluid Dynamics
AE625 Hypersonic Aerospace Propulsive Flows
ME413 Preliminary Design for High Performance Vehicles
ME409 Vehicle Aerodynamics
ME405 Vehicle Power Systems
ME408 Clean Thermal Power Systems
ES305 Thermodynamics
ES206 Fluid Mechanics
ES204 Dynamics



Selected Recent:
  1. Borghi, M., Poinsatte, P., Thurman, D., Engblom, W., "Preliminary Numerical and Experimental Evaluation of Turbulent Mixing from Thin-Film Cooling", 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA SciTech Forum, AIAA 2017-1004, DOI 10.2514/6.2017-1004, Jan. 2017.
  2. Engblom, W., Decker, R., "Virtual Flight Demonstration of the Stratospheric Dual-Aircraft Platform", 34th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, AIAA 2016-3877. DOI 10.2514/6.2016-3877, June 2016.
  3. Borghi, M., Engblom, W., Georgiadis, N., Osborne, J., Hutchings, R., Evaluation of Mixing-Limited Quasi-Global Wind-US Model for Vitiation Effects on the HIFire 2 Flowpath,” JANNAF conference, Albuquerque, Dec 2014.
  4. Borghi, M., Engblom, W., Georgiadis, N, "Evaluation of Mixing-Limited Quasi-Global Wind-US Model for HIFire 2 Flowpath", 52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA SciTech Forum, AIAA 2014-1160, DOI 10.2514/6.2014-1160
  5. Engblom, W., "Development of Atmospheric Satellite Concept based on Sailing", 52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA SciTech Forum, AIAA 2014-1111, DOI 10.2514/6.2014-1111
  6. Georgiadis, N., Yoder, D., Vyas, M., Engblom, W., “Status of Turbulence Modeling for Hypersonic Propulsion Flowpaths,” Theoretical Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 28, pp. 295-318. DOI 10.1007/s00162-013-0316-z, Jan. 2014.
  7. Engblom, W., Perrell, E., Coutu, N., “Numerical Prediction of the Electric Field Produced Within Launch Vehicle Plumes,” AIAA-2013-716, 51th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, Jan. 2013.
  8. Engblom, W., “Novel Approach to High-Altitude Long-Endurance Stationkeeping,” AIAA-2012-3203, Applied Aerodynamics Conference, June 2012.
  9. Engblom, W., Osborne, J., Bellamkonda, G., “Experimental and Numerical Evaluation of Hydrogen Fueled Dual Mode Scramjet Engine,” AIAA-2012-3291, 28th Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, Ground Testing, and Flight Testing Conference, June 2012. (also published as DOD Engineering Report)


13-present, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, ERAU
12-present, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, ERAU
05-12 Associate Professor, Mechanic Engineering, ERAU
01-05 Contractor, Propulsion Directorate, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
97-01 Engineering Specialist, Vehicle Systems Division, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA
96-97 Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical Engineering, UTexas at Austin

Associate Fellow, AIAA
Member, AIAA High-Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee (2003-2015)

Fellow, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), 2015

Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2009, ERAU