M. Volkan Otugen, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department

Director of Micro-Sensor Laboratory

Contact Information:



Southern Methodist University

Mechanical Engineering Department

Po Box 750337, Dallas, TX 75275

Phone:  214-768-3200  

Fax: 214-768-1473 (fax)

Email: otugen@engr.smu.edu 




2007- present   Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Southern Methodist Univ.

2006- 2007      Senior Faculty Fellow, Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Polytechnic Univ.

2002- 2007      Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic University

1999                University Resident Researcher, Propulsion Dir., Air Force Research Lab, WPAFB

1998                Fulbright Scholar/Lecturer, Istanbul Technical University, Mechanical Engineering Faculty

1998                Summer Faculty Fellow, NASA Lewis Research Center

1995-1998       Aerospace Engineering Program Director, Polytechnic Univ.

1995-2001       Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

1988‑1994       Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic University

1990‑1991       Summer Faculty Fellow, NASA Lewis Research Center

1986‑1988       Research Analyst, Arizona State University

1983‑1986       Research Assistant, Drexel University

1980-1983              Teaching Assistant, Drexel University




Ph.D.   Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University, May 1986

M.S.     Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University, May 1982

B.S.      Naval Architecture and Marine Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 1978




Experimental and theoretical fluid mechanics and heat transfer, turbulent flows, plasma applications to aerodynamics, micro-optical sensor technology, optical flow diagnostics based molecular and particle scattering.


Prof. Otugen's research has been externally funded by a diverse set of federal and local agencies as well as the industry (NSF, NASA, DoD, GRI, NYGas, EXXON,  etc) 




Undergraduate:  Fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, compressible flow, viscous flow, dynamics, structural systems, rocket propulsion, aircraft design.


Graduate: Convective heat transfer, transport phenomena, boundary layer theory, turbulence and experimental methods.




•       Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

•       Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

•       Fulbright Fellow (1998 - 1999) 

•       Senior Fellow, Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Polytechnic Univ. (2005-2008)

•       SAE  Ralph Teetor Award for Excellence in Education (1993)

•       Case-NASA Cooperative Research & Development Fellow (Summer, 1990 and 1991)



·             Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, October 2001 – December 2004




N.Q. Nguyen, N. Gupta, T. Ioppolo and M.V. Otugen, “Whispering Gallery Mode-Based Micro-Optical Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Materials”, 2008, J. Composite Materials, in review

T. Ioppolo, M. Kozhevnikov, V. Stepaniuk, M.V. Otugen and V. Sheverev,” A Micro-Optical Force Sensor Concept Based on Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators”, 2008, to appear in Appl. Optics

G. Adamovsky, and M.V. Otugen, “Morphology-Dependent Resonances and Their Applications to Sensing in Aerospace Environments”, 2008, to appear in J. Aerosp. Comp. Comm. & Info.

V. Stepaniuk, T. Ioppolo, M.V. Otugen and V. Sheverev, “Measurement of Gas Temperature and Convective Velocity Profiles in a DC Glow Discharge”, 2007, J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 102, 123302

T. Ioppolo, and M. V. Otugen, “Pressure Tuning of Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators”, 2007, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 24, No. 10.

W. Su, V. Stepaniuk, and M. V. Otugen, “Demonstration of a Laser Vorticity Probe in Turbulent Boundary Layers” 2007, Rev. Sci. Inst., Vol. 78, 095106.

C. Tarau, M. V. Otugen, V. Sheverev, G. Vradis and G. Raman, “The Effects of Thermal Barriers on Sound Wave Propagation”, 2007, International Journal of Aeroacoustics, .Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 287-308

E. Esirgemez, J.W. Newby, C. Nott, S. Olcmen, M.V. Otugen, “Experimental Study of a Round Jet Impinging on a Convex Cylinder”, 2007, Meas. Sci. Technol., Vol. 18, pp. 1800-1810 (doi:10.1088/0957-0233/18/7/002).

G. Guan, S. Arnold and M.V. Otugen, “Temperature Measurements Using a Micro-Optical Sensor Based on Whispering Gallery Modes”, 2006, AIAA Journal, Vol 44, No. 10, pp. 2385-2389

V.Soukhomlinov, V. Sheverev and M.V. Otugen, “Evolution of a Vortex in Glow Discharge Plasma”, 2005, Physics of Fluids, Vol 17 (058102).

V. Soukhomlinov, E.G. Sheikin, V. Sheverev, M.V. Otugen, “Scramjet Inlet Flow Control Using Combined MHD and GDP Effect”, 2004, J. Propulsion & Power, Vol. 20, pp. 950-952

P. Stepaniuk, V. Sheverev, M.V. Otugen, C. Tarau, G. Raman and V. Soukhomlinov, “Sound Attenuation by Glow Discharge Plasma” 2004, AIAA Journal, Vol 42, pp. 545-550.

V.P. Stepaniuk, C. Tarau, M.V. Otugen and W. Su “Evaluation of a Laser Velocity Gradient Probe and Measurements in a Boundary Layer” 2004, Exp. Fluids, Vol. 36, pp. 510-513.



·         “Laser Based Perfluorocarbon Detection for Surveillance and Control of Contraband and Sensitive Documents”, US Patent Issued: 1999.

·         Micro-optical wall shear stress sensor”, US patent pending, 2007

·         A Micro-optical sensor for nuclear radiation detection”, Provisional US patent application, 2007

·         A micro-optical sensor for nuclide detection and identification”, Provisional US patent application, 2007