Department of Aerospace Engineering
Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research (KUSTAR)
Kursat KARA is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and PhD degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA in 2008. His doctoral dissertation was on hypersonic boundary layer receptivity to acoustic disturbances over cones. Following graduation he was a research engineer at New England AnalyticsLLC, Shelton, CT consulting company to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. He then joined to the Aerospace Engineering Department at Penn State as a post-doctoral research associate and worked with Prof. Philip J. Morris. In 2010, he joined Khalifa University. Dr. Kara’s research interests include computational aerodynamics/fluid dynamics, hypersonic boundary-layer transition (DNS), supersonic hot jet simulations for aeroacoustics (DES), high order accurate schemes (WENO, DRP), active flow control wind turbine blades (with Dr. Sankar from Georgia Tech), wind energy and spray cooling of electronics. His research has been funded by the NASA Langley Research Center, the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Khalifa University. Dr. Kara is a Senior Member of AIAA and Member of AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee.
Laminar to Turbulent Transition in Supersonic/Hypersonic Flows, Detached Eddy Simulation of Supersonic Jets for Aeroacoustics, High Order Accurate Methods, Discrete Vortex Methods, Aerodynamic Flow Control, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Parallel Programming