Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics Faculty

Faculty by Research Area

Dynamics, Controls & Intelligent Systems

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Shaaban A Abdallah

Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

721 Rhodes Hall


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Research Interests:
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Domain Decomposition Methods
  • Computation of Incompressible Viscous Three-Dimensional Flow in Turbomachinery (Inlet, Duct, Combustor, Compressor, Turbine)
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G. Thomas Black

Assistant Professor - Practice, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

732 Rhodes Hall


George "Tom" Black is a Assistant Professor - Practice.  He teaches undergraduate classes in systems engineering, classical control theory and flight mechanics, and a senior/graduate class in flight test engineering.  He retired from his first career - an aerospace engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB - in December 2011 after 34 years, specializing in aircraft flying qualities and flight controls.  During that time he was lead flying qualities engineer for the development of the F-22, lead flight sciences engineer for the X-45 UCAV/J-UCAS program, lead flight systems engineer for the KC-X and T-6A/B programs and chief engineer for the Combat Systems Division.  He has also worked in AFRL and in technical intelligence, as an aerodynamics and flight test engineer for Beech Aircraft, and as an instructor, a flight instructor and research test pilot for the Ohio State University.

Tom has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (1977) and an MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University (1983).  He also has a Commercial Pilot's License with Single-Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land and Instrument Ratings.  He has logged over 1,000 flight hours and has flown 50 major types of aircraft, including T-38, P-51, B-26 and Ford Tri-motor.  He also has a Remote Pilot License with Small UAS rating.  He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and is an Associate Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.  His research and teaching interests include aircraft flying qualities, air and space vehicle dynamics and controls, and air and space vehicle flight testing.
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Kelly Cohen

Professor, Interim Department Head, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

745 E Baldwin Hall


Dr. Kelly Cohen, the Brian H. Rowe Endowed Chair in aerospace engineering, has been a faculty member at UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science, or CEAS, for more than 10 years and currently serves as interim head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. His career is marked by achievement in the field of aerospace engineering and education, including the UC Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Outstanding Technical Contribution Application Award, the CEAS Distinguished Researcher Award and the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award, among many others.
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Donghoon Kim

Asst Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

736 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Donghoon Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Before joining UC, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) for two years. He served as a chair of the Autonomy Research Group and established the Autonomous System Research Lab at MSU. Before that, he worked for the Robotics Division at LG Electronics in South Korea for two and a half years as a Senior Research Engineer to design and develop various types of service robotic platforms. His research interests lie on autonomous system design & development, fault-tolerant control, health monitoring of autonomous systems, celestial mechanics, machine and deep learning applications. He is the member of the AIAA and IEEE, and also the Technical Committee of AIAA Astrodynamics.
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Ou Ma

Alan B Shepard Chair Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

720 Rhodes Hall


Research Interests  (Research Overview)
  • Multibody dynamics and control, impact-contact dynamics
  • Intelligent control of robotic and autonomous systems
  • Human-robot interaction and collaboration
  • Smart manufacturing
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Catharine L McGhan

Asst Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

724 Rhodes Hall


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Research Interests
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Space robotics
  • Risk-assessment and mitigation
  • Analysis and V&V of architectures
  • System safety
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Flight dynamics and control
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Rajnikant Sharma

Asst Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

727 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Sharma's WordPress CV
Research Interests
  • Cooperative localization, control, and vision based path planning of unmanned aerial vehicles and ground robots.
  • GPS denied navigation.
  • Sensor resource management and active sensing.
  • Nonlinear control and estimation.
  • Multi target geo-localization.
  • Secure and resilient autonomous vehicle platooning.

Fluids, Propulsion & Heat Transfer

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Daniel R. Cuppoletti

Asst Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

462 Engineering Research Cntr


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Peter J Disimile

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

722 Rhodes Hall


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Research Interests
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics/Heat Transfer
  • Unsteady Flows
  • Vorticity Dynamics
  • Turbulence/Mixing
  • Instrumentation Development
  • Fire & Explosion Suppression related to aircraft survivability
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Ephraim J. Gutmark, Ph.D

Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Ohio Regents Eminent Scholar; Professor of Otolaryngology, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

799 Rhodes Hall


Research Interests
  • Gas Turbines for Power Generation and Propulsion Systems
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Detonation and Combustion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Rocket and Airbreathing Propulsion
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Biomedical applications: airway, voice, hemodynamics
  • Plume Characteristics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Oil-well Drilling Hydrodynamics
  • Diagnostics
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Prashant Khare

Asst Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

735 Rhodes Hall


Prashant Khare earned his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. Following two years as a Research Fellow at Georgia Tech, he joined the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering. More detailed information is on Dr. Khare's research website:
Research.  Dr. Khare’s research focuses on multiphase flows, non-reacting and reacting fluid dynamics, combustion systems, data analytics and high-performance computing relevant to energy, propulsion, and environmental applications.  He addresses the fundamental physics (and chemistry) underlying various physical processes by conducting massively parallel high-fidelity numerical simulations (direct numerical simulations (DNS)/large eddy simulation (LES)) and develops physics-based models using theoretical analyses combined with big-data analytics, which are leveraged for accurate and efficient engineering design and analysis.

1. Publications and Presentations awards (§denotes awards with students)

§Poster award, CCS2 2nd Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit, 2018
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Poster Title: “Spatio-Temporal Predictions of Liquid Fuel Atomization and Spray Flowfields Using Machine Learning”
§Best technical content, 13th Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium (DESS), 2017
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Paper Title: “The Effect of Inlet Pulsations on Primary Atomization of Liquid Jets”
§Poster award, CCS2 1st Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit, 2017
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Poser Title: “High-Fidelity Simulations of Water Jet in Air Crossflow”
Best presentation award, 42nd Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, 2017
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Paper Title: “Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation of Multiphase Flows”
Best video, 42nd Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium Art-in-Science Competition, 2017
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Video Title: “Bag Breakup of Liquid Droplets”
William R. Marshall Award, 2013
Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems
Paper Title: “Breakup and Dynamics of Liquid Droplets”
Recognized as the most significant contribution to ILASS-Americas 24th Annual conference on liquid atomization and spray systems.
2. Research, Technical, Teaching and Service Honors and Recognitions

Trans-disciplinary Research Leadership Program Scholar, 2019-2020
Office of Research, University of Cincinnati
Professor of the Semester, Spring 2018
College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineering and Applied Science Tribunal

AIAA Senior Member, 2017-present
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIAA Distinguished Mentor, 2017-present
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Distinguished Mentorship Program

Keynote lecture, Atomization of Liquid Jets and Droplets: Theory and Models, 2017
5th International Conference and Exhibition on Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Las Vegas, NV
Invited book reviewer for the International Year of Light, 2014
Taylor & Francis
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Jongguen Lee

Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

484 Engineering Research Cntr


Dr. Lee’s research focuses on combustion and propulsion problems in air-breathing and rocket propulsion systems. He has many years of experience in combustion dynamics in gas turbine, ramjet and augmentor, development of various laser-based optical diagnostic techniques with applications to propulsion systems, supersonic combustion, combustion control and sensors monitoring the combustion process, turbulent flame propagations and multi-phase combustion processes.
He has been collaborating with many major gas turbine/aircraft industries such as GE Aviation, GE Energy, Pratt and Whitney, Siemens-Westinghouse, Solar Turbines, Doosan Heavy Industry as well as the AFRL-Wright Patterson, NASA-GRC and DOE NETL (Natural Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV) in those areas.
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Paul D. Orkwis

Special Assistant to the Dean for International Programs, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

801A Engineering Research Cntr


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Mark G. Turner

Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

745C Baldwin Hall


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Rodrigo Villalva Gomez

Asst Professor - Educator, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

472 Engineering Research Cntr


Solids & Structural Mechanics

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Yao Fu

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

730 Rhodes Hall


Multi-scale simulation modeling of microstructural evolution in additive manufacturing process; Computationally guided innovative materials design; Environmental assisted fracture and fatigue behavior; Molecular dynamics modeling; Phase field modeling; First-principles based computation
Lab webpage: Materials and Manufacturing Design Lab (
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Guirong Liu

Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

733 Rhodes Hall


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Francesco Simonetti

Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

726 Rhodes Hall


Professors Emeritus

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Awatef Hamed

Professor Emerita, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

745B Baldwin Hall


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Prem K Khosla

Professor Emeritus, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

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Peter B. Nagy

professor - Emeritus, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

731 Rhodes Hall


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Gary L Slater

Professor Emeritus, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

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James E Wade

Professor Emeritus, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

734 Rhodes Hall


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Bruce K Walker

Professor Emeritus, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

Adjunct Faculty

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Mark Fellows

Professor - Adj, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

606L Old Chemistry Building


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Curtis W Fox

Sr Research Associate, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

466 Engineering Research Cntr


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Richard Goldman

Professor - Adj, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

Old Chemistry Building


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Anoop Sathyan

Sr Research Associate, CEAS - Aerospace Eng

Baldwin Hall