• 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, Remote Sensing and Novel Diagnostic Applications, Chemical Kinetics, Fluid Flow and Plasma Diagnostics, Propellants and Energetics, Supersonic and Hypersonic Propulsion, Gas Turbine Combustion and IC Engines.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Associate Fellow – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • 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-Hot Topics)

Selected Publications

  • Y. Wang*, A. Jain*, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Hydroxyl radical planar imaging in flames using femtosecond laser pulses,” Applied Physics B, 125:90 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00340-019-7203-2.
  • A. Jain*, Y. Wang*, and W. D. Kulatilaka, “Effect of H-Atom Concentration on Soot Formation in Premixed Ethylene/Air Flat Flames,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 37, 1289–1296 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proci.2018.07.093.
  • 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), https://doi.org/10.1364/AO.57.001910. (***Editor’s Pick***).
  • 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, 3051–3053 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.003051.
  • W. D. Kulatilaka, J. H. Frank, and T. B. Settersten, “Interference-free two-photon LIF imaging of atomic hydrogen in flames using picosecond excitation,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 32, 955–962 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proci.2008.06.125.