Waruna Kulatilaka

Associate Professor

Waruna Kulatilaka

Office: MEOB 407
Phone: 979.458.2885

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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)


  • 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

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.