Professor Ephraim Gutmark to Be Named APS Fellow

By: Desiré Bennett

College of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Professor, Ephraim Gutmark, PhD, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society.


Ephraim Gutmark, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Otolaryngology

Ephraim Gutmark, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati is being recognized by his peers for his outstanding contributions to physics.

American Physical Society (APS) Fellowship designation is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is therefore a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.

According to APS, Dr. Gutmark’s “pioneering contributions to the fundamental flow physics of noise, combustion, and propulsion, and the development of flow control methodologies to achieve quiet aircraft engines, clean, stable and efficient combustion, and innovative propulsion systems” earned him the honor of fellowship in the society.

Spanning 30 years, Dr. Gutmark’s renowned research and development of innovative fluid engineering applications have impacted diverse technical areas including turbomachinery for power generation and automotive turbochargers, aerodynamic flight control, and biomedical applications, among others.

Since joining UC, Dr. Gutmark has been instrumental in generating over 30 new research projects in a range of interdisciplinary topics with a budget of over $27 million.

Gutmark in the lab

Gutmark in one of his labs

He credits UC for steadily backing his efforts. “I get a lot of good support from UC,” he said. “From the beginning, I was given a nice space to develop my lab and the basic infrastructure to start activities was here so that really helped a lot to develop my ideas.”

Among these activities are his work in the areas of aeroacoustics, improvement of combustion performance and his work on Pulsed Detonation Engines (PDE), also known as Constant Volume combustion, which is an alternative to propulsion systems currently used for airplanes. “It is a new idea which is much more efficient,” Dr. Gutmark explains.  “And we are one of the only labs in the country, maybe in the world, that works on integrating this concept of PDE with the turbine.” 

During the last five years, Dr. Gutmark has also been working in a new area, in collaboration with the UC Medical School and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. This new and innovative research uses fluid dynamics for biomedical applications. “We use fluid dynamics to understand the formation in voice and how to treat disorders of voice.”

His project with Cincinnati Children's Hospital studies children with Down syndrome who suffer from sleep apnea. “We are looking to understand what leads to sleep apnea, how to prevent it or better treat it and how to help physicians to make good decisions on the treatment,” he said.

Dr. Gutmark says the common denominator of all of these activities is the use of fluid dynamics.  “I see a lot of potential for growth and for more activities in the future,” he says. Dr. Gutmark is optimistic that the physics disciplines of fluid dynamics will result in a stream of new techniques, procedures and aids to improve these medical treatments.

Dr. Gutmark’s name and fellowship citation will be published in the March 2013 issue of APS News.

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

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