Dr. Kevin Disotell

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Kevin Disotell is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Youngstown State University. Prior to joining YSU in August 2017, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Flow Physics and Control Branch at the NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia). He is principal investigator of the YSU Flow Physics Laboratory, with a focus on integrated measurement and simulation of turbulent fluid flows for modeling of industrial fluid processes and system performance. Dr. Disotell is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Sigma Gamma Tau aerospace engineering honor society, and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He serves as the faculty advisor for the YSU student chapter of AIAA.

Flow Physics Laboratory Website


  • Ph.D., Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2015.
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2010.

Work Experience:

  • Ford Motor Company, Global Product Development Intern, Thermal & Aerodynamic Systems Engineering Group.
  • NASA Langley Research Center, Postdoctoral Fellow, Flow Physics and Control Branch.

Recent Courses:

  • Fluid Dynamics — MECH 3720
  • Fluid Dynamics Lab — MECH 3720L
  • Thermodynamics I — MECH 2603
  • Graduate Thesis — MECH 6990

Research Interests:

  • Turbulent shear flow physics
  • 3-D boundary-layer instability and separation
  • Optical-based flow measurement techniques
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) validation experiments

Selected Publications:

Disotell, K.J. and C.L. Rumsey, 2017, “Development of an Axisymmetric Afterbody Test Case for Turbulent Flow Separation Validation,” NASA Technical Memorandum TM-2017-219680.

​Disotell, K.J., P. Nikoueeyan, J.W. Naughton, and J.W. Gregory, 2016, "Global Surface Pressure Measurements of Static and Dynamic Stall on a Wind Turbine Airfoil at Low Reynolds Number," Experiments in Fluids 57: 82. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00348-016-2175-z

Disotell, K. J., D. Peng, T. J. Juliano, J. W. Gregory, J. W. Crafton, and N. M. Komerath, 2014, “Single-Shot Temperature- and Pressure-Sensitive Paint Measurements on an Unsteady Helicopter Blade,” Experiments in Fluids 55: 1671. https:/doi.org/10.1007/s00348-014-1671-2

Disotell, K. J. and J.W. Gregory, 2011, “Measurement of Transient Acoustic Fields Using a Single-Shot Pressure-Sensitive Paint System,” Review of Scientific Instruments 82: 075112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3609866

Selected Awards:

  • Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School, 2014.
  • NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge Winner, 2013.
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Dept. of Defense, 2010.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010.