• Joint Faculty - Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2006
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2002
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2000

Research Interests

  • Combustion and Energy Conversion, Optical Diagnostics and Imaging, Laser Spectroscopy, Ultrafast Lasers, Chemical Kinetics, Fluid Flow and Plasma Diagnostics, Supersonic and Hypersonic Propulsion, Gas Turbine Combustion and IC Engines.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2014)
  • Associate Fellow – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, 2012)
  • Forty Under 40 Award - Dayton Business Journal (2013)
  • Outstanding Technical Contribution Award - Dayton Section of ASME (2012)
  • Invited Speaker - Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion (2013, 2011)

Selected Publications

  • W. D. Kulatilaka, J. R. Gord, and S. Roy. “Femtosecond Two-photon LIF Imaging of Atomic Species using a Frequency-quadrupled Ti:sapphire Laser.” Applied Physics B. 116 (2014): 7-13.
  • W. D. Kulatilaka, J. R. Gord, V. R. Katta, and S. Roy. “Photolytic-interference-free, Femtosecond Two-photon Fluorescence Imaging of Atomic Hydrogen.” Optics Letters. 37 (2012): 3051-3053.
  • W. D. Kulatilaka, H. U. Stauffer, J. R. Gord, and S. Roy. “One-dimensional Single-shot Thermometry in Flames using Femtosecond-CARS Line Imaging.” Optics Letters. 36 (2011): 4182-4184.
  • W. D. Kulatilaka, P. S. Hsu, J. R. Gord, and S. Roy. “Point and Planar Ultraviolet Excitation/Detection of OH-radical Laser-induced Fluorescence (LIF) through Long Optical Fibers.” Optics Letters,. 36 (2011): 1818-1820.
  • W. D. Kulatilaka, J. H. Frank, B. D. Patterson, and T. B. Settersten. “Analysis of 205-nm Photolytic Production of Atomic Hydrogen in Methane Flames.” Applied Physics B. 97 (2009): 227-242.