Kursat Kara

Kursat Kara

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Oklahoma State University

Biography

Kursat Kara is the principal investigator of the Kara Aerodynamics Research Laboratory at Oklahoma State University. He teaches Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Quantum Computing. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Khalifa University, where he received the Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2015.

Dr. Kara earned his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University. His doctoral dissertation was on hypersonic boundary-layer receptivity to acoustic disturbances over cones. Following graduation, he was a research engineer at New England Analytics LLC, a consulting company for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. He then joined the Aerospace Engineering Department at Penn State as a post-doc and worked with Prof. Philip J. Morris on supersonic hot jet simulations for aeroacoustics. Later, he joined the Aerospace Engineering Department at Khalifa University as a founding faculty in 2010. In August 2019, he joined Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Kara belongs to the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Physical Society (APS)

Dr. Kara served on the following AIAA committees:

  • Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee (APATC) (2012 – 2021)
  • APATC Membership Subcommittee (2012 – 2021)
  • APATC Education Subcommittee (2012 – 2021)

resumé.

Interests
  • Hypersonic Flows
  • Boundary-Layer Transition
  • Computational Aerodynamics
  • Quantum Computing
  • Flow Separation Control
  • Sweeping Jet Actuator
Education
  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, 2008

    Old Dominion University

  • MSc in Aeronautical Engineering, 2003

    Istanbul Technical University

  • BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, 1999

    Istanbul Technical University

Meet the Group

Graduate Students

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Furkan Oz

Ph.D. Candidate

Hypersonic Flows, Boundary Layer Stability, DNS, Quantum Computing

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Mobashera Alam

M.Sc. Student

Flow Separation Control, Sweeping Jet Actuator, Dynamic Mode Decomposition

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Rohit Vuppala

Ph.D. Candidate

Unmanned Aerial Systems, Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Large Eddy Simulations, Reduced Order Modeling

Undergraduate Students

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Isaiah Richmond

Undergraduate Researcher

Aerodynamic Flow Control, Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Jared Greif

Undergraduate Researcher

High-Speed Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Solid Modeling

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Kaitlyn Matic

Undergraduate Researcher

Flow Separation Control, Sweeping Jet Actuator, CFD

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Michael Cuthbertson

Undergraduate Researcher

Flow Separation Control, Sweeping Jet Actuator, CFD

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Trevor Marshall

Undergraduate Researcher

Flow Separation Control, Sweeping Jet Actuator, CFD

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Tuyen Nguyen

Undergraduate Researcher

High-Speed Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Direct Numerical Simulations

Alumni

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Amani Bin Amro

M.Sc. (at KU), Current Position: Research Engineer at Tawazun Technology Innovation

Airborne Surveillance Gimbal, Drag Reduction, Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Bartosz Jurewicz Slupski

PhD (at KU), Current Position: R&D Engineer at The Sanad Group A Mubadala Company

Sweeping Jet Actuator, Flow Separation Control, Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Evan Evans

Undergraduate Researcher

Hypersonic CFD, Boundary Layer Transition

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Romain Bailey

Undergraduate Researcher

Unmanned Aerials Systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Atmospheric Boundary Layers

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Shaikha Al-Ali

M.Sc. (at KU), Current Position: Modification & Systems Integration Engineer

Aerodynamic Design, External POD for ISR missions, Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Shamma Al Hemeiri

M.Sc. (at KU), Current Position: Aerospace Engineer, Atlas Aerospace

Aerodynamic Design, Corrugated Core Sandwich Panels, Elasticity Homogenization

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Thomas Goebel

Undergraduate Researcher

Hypersonic Flows, Boundary Layer Transition, CFD

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Tyler Landua

Undergraduate Researcher

Large Eddy Simulations, Unmanned Aerials Systems, Atmospheric Boundary Layers

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Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor
Aug 2019 – Present Oklahoma

Research Areas:

  • Computational Aerodynamics
  • Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Stability
  • Flow Separation Control
  • Quantum Computing
  • Wind Data Generation for sUAS in Urban Spaces
 
 
 
 
 
University of Wyoming - Mechanical Engineering Department
Visiting Professor
Dec 2018 – Jul 2019 Wyoming
Hover Predictions of Sikorsky S76 Rotor Using a High Order Discontinuous Galerkin Off-Body Discretization.
 
 
 
 
 
Penn State - Aerospace Engineering Department
Visiting Professor
Jun 2017 – Aug 2017 Pennsylvania
Two dimensional Unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes simulations of a Sweeping Jet Actuator over a NASA Wall Mounted Hump model for flow separation control.
 
 
 
 
 
Khalifa University - Aerospace Engineering Department (ABET Accredited)
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Jul 2010 – Aug 2018 UAE
  • Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching (2014-2015)
  • Development of Khalifa University Flow Facilities – $3,500,000
  • Low-Speed Wind Tunnel (30m x 8m x 4.9m)
  • Flow Measurement Equipment: Stereo PIV, Time-Resolved PIV, Mini - Laser Doppler Anemometry, Hot-wire Anemometry, Optic Tables, Traverse System, and Force/Moment Balance
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Developed/Delivered the several undergraduate and graduate courses
 
 
 
 
 
Penn State - Aerospace Engineering Department
Post-Doctoral Scholar
Aug 2009 – Aug 2010 Pennsylvania
  • Supervisor: Dr. Philip J. Morris
  • Large Eddy Simulations of Hot Supersonic Jets for Aeroacoustics DOD-Navy-STTR-Contract Number: N68335-09-C-0370
  • Instructor: AERSP 312 Aerospace Analysis (May 2010 - July 2010)

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