Michael W. Plesniak

Michael W. Plesniak

Department Chair and Professor

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Plesniak has studied contaminant transport in aircraft cabins. His research group is currently studying the physics of phonation and cardiovascular flows. An overarching motivation for studying hemodynamics and speech production is to facilitate surgical planning, i.e. to enable physicians to assess the outcomes of surgical procedures by using faithful computer simulations.



SEAS:  Mechanical & Aerospace Engingeering
Director, Center for Biometrics and Bioinspired Engineering (COBRE)
739 Phillips Hall
Academic Center
801 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC  20052
(202) 994-9803

Principal Investigator
Turbulence, Fluid Dynamics, and Wind Energy Laboratory
Exploration Hall
20101 Academic Way
Ashburn, VA  20147
(703) 726-8252


Current Research

Research Areas: Turbulence and complex flows, Mixing phenomena, Biological flows: cardiovascular and phonation.

Current research interests include: bio fluid mechanics, turbulence transport and mixing enhancement, cavitation, three-dimensional boundary layers, gas turbine cooling, environmentally-benign consumer aerosol sprays, and entrainment control.


Ph.D., Stanford University


Prof. Plesniak has made significant contributions to education and research in the discipline of fluid dynamics. His specific contributions are in the field of turbulent flow physics for applications ranging from gas turbine cooling to biological flows.

Fellow of AIAA, ASME, AAAS, and APS