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Richard Wlezien

  • Affiliate Professor


  • Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1981
  • M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1976
  • B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1974

Interest Areas

  • Sensitivity of crossflow transition on swept-wing flows for two- and three dimensional small-scale isolated roughness elements
  • Remote modification of airfoil boundary layer near-wall flowfield characteristics using laser-induced plasmas
  • Active control of virtual leading-edge slats for high-lift on natural laminar flow airfoils
  • Characterization of trailing edge boundary layer structure and their connection to trailing-edge noise

Brief Biography

Professor Wlezien joined Iowa State University in 2010. He was Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that he was the Program Director for Fundamental Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters from 2002-2006, the Program Manager of the Quiet Supersonic Transport Program and the Micro Adaptive Flow Control Program at DARPA from 1999-2002, and a researcher at NASA Langley Research Center from 1992-1999. He was Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1990-1992, and worked as a researcher at the McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories (now Boeing Research and Technology) from 1981-1990.

Selected Publications

  • Eppink and Wlezien, Observations of Traveling Crossflow Resonant Triad Interactions on a Swept Wing, AIAA Paper 2012-2820 (2012)
  • Eppink and Wlezien, Data Analysis for the NASA/Boeing Hybrid Laminar Flow Control Crossflow Experiment, AIAA Paper 2011-3879 (2011)
  • Wlezien, Prapas, Briggs, Hodes, Manno, Matson and Chiesa, Characterization and Optimization of Fluid Flow in a High Biot Number System, MRS Proceedings, Volume1306, (2011)
  • Wlezien, Eppink, and Cronin, Web-Based Interactive Wind Tunnel Testing-A Historical Perspective, AIAA Paper 2010-4213
  • Eppink and Wlezien, Optimization of a Transition Calibration Body for Wind Tunnel Flow Quality Assessment, AIAA Paper 2010-1455 (2010)
  • Bright, and Wlezien, Biologically- Inspired Deployable MAV Wing Structure, AIAA Paper 2010-0485 (2010)