• Associate Professor
  • Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow I
Waruna Kulatilaka

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

  • Y. Wang*, A. Jain*, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “CO Formation in Piloted Liquid-Spray Flames Using Femtosecond Two-Photon LIF,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2019), In Press
  • A. Jain*, Y. Wang*, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Effect of H-Atom Concentration on Soot Formation in Premixed Ethylene/Air Flames,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2019), In Press
  • M. O. O’Neil*, N. A. Neimiec*, A. Demko, E. L. Petersen, and W, D. Kulatilaka, “Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Based Characterization of Emissions from Metalized Energetic Formulations,” Applied Optics, 57, 1910–1917 (2018)
  • Y. Wang* and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Detection of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in Sooting Hydrocarbon Flames Using Femtosecond Two-Photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence,” Applied Physics B, 124:8, (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00340-017-6878-5
  • Y. Wang*, C. Capps*, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Femtosecond Two-Photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Krypton for High-Speed Flow Imaging,” Optics Letters, 4, 711 (2017)