Dr. Kursat Kara

Dr. Kursat Kara

Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-5018508

Fax: +971-(0)2-4472442

Email: kursat.kara@ku.ac.ae


Kursat KARA is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA in 2008. His doctoral dissertation was on hypersonic boundary layer receptivity to acoustic disturbances over cones, and NASA Langley Research Center supported the project. Following graduation, he was a CFD/Aerospace Engineer at the New England Analytics LLC, Shelton, CT, consulting company to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. He then joined the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University 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, active flow control wind turbine blades, flow separation control, Sweeping Jet actuator, 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), Khalifa University and Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology.

Dr. Kara is a Senior Member of AIAA and Member of AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee. Dr. Kara was the technical chair of AIAA 34th Applied Aerodynamics conference (2016) in Washington DC, technical co-chair of AIAA 32nd Applied Aerodynamics Conference (2014) in Atlanta, GA and technical discipline chair of Applied Aerodynamics in Aerospace Sciences Meeting at AIAA SciTech 2018.

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University (USA), 2008
  • M.Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, (Turkey), 2003
  • B.Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, (Turkey), 1999
  • Fluid Mechanics I
  • Low-Speed Aerodynamics
  • High-Speed Aerodynamics
  • Aerodynamics I
  • Aerodynamics II
  • Aerospace Vehicle Performance
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Senior Design Project I & II
  • Boundary Layer Analysis
  • Aerodynamic Flow Control
  • Numerical Methods in Aero/Fluids
  • Computational Fluids Dynamics
  • Complex Variables and Transforms
  • Aerodynamic Design Optimization
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Flow Separation Control
  • Hypersonic Flows
  • Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition
  • Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

  • K Kara, Numerical Study of Internal Flow Structures in a Sweeping Jet Actuator, 33rd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, AIAA 2015-2424.
  • K Kara, Flow Separation Control using Sweeping Jet Actuator, 35th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Denver, Colorado, AIAA-2017-3041.
  • T Park, K Kara, D Kim, Flow structure and heat transfer of a sweeping jet impinging on a flat wall, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2018, 124, 920-928.
  • K Kara, P Balakumar, OA Kandil, Effects of Nose Bluntness on Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Receptivity and Stability over Cones, AIAA Journal, 2011, 49 (12), 2593-2606
  • San, K Kara, Numerical assessments of high-order accurate shock capturing schemes: Kelvin–Helmholtz type vortical structures in high-resolutions, Computers & Fluids, 2014, 89, 254-276
  • PJ Morris, Y Du, K Kara, Jet noise simulations for realistic jet nozzle geometries, Procedia Engineering, 2010, 6, 28-37
  • San, K Kara, Evaluation of Riemann flux solvers for WENO reconstruction schemes: Kelvin–Helmholtz instability, 2015, Computers & Fluids, 117, 24-41