Waruna Kulatilaka

Associate Professor

Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow I

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

Y. Wang, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Optical Ray Tracing Method for Simulating Beam-Steering Effects During Laser Diagnostics in Turbulent Media,” Applied Optics, 56 (2017), E106–E115.

Y. Wang, C. Capps, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Femtosecond Two-Photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Krypton for High-Speed Flow Imaging,” Optics Letters, 42 (2017), 711–714.

W. D. Kulatilaka, S. Roy, N. Jiang, and J. R. Gord, “Photolytic-Interference-Free, Femtosecond, Two-Photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence Imaging of Atomic Oxygen in Flames,” Applied Physics B, 122 (2016), 1–7.

J. R. Gord, S. Roy, P. Hsu, W. D. Kulatilaka, “All Fiber Coupled Ultraviolet Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence Detection System,” US Patent 8,993,984 (2015).

C. A. Hall, W. D. Kulatilaka, N. Jiang, J. R. Gord, and R. W. Pitz, “Minor-Species Structure of Premixed Cellular Tubular Flames,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35 (2013), 1107–1114.