Disotell, Kevin


Dr. Kevin Disotell is a research scientist and educator in aerospace engineering at The Ohio State University.

He received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The Ohio State University in 2015, funded by national graduate fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense (National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Program, U.S. Army Research Office) and the National Science Foundation (Graduate Research Fellowship Program). He also completed his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude, with research distinction) at Ohio State in 2010.

His experience spans industry, government laboratories and academia. Following graduate school, he was selected for the NASA Postdoctoral Program and worked on several turbulence modeling validation programs at NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia), Flow Physics and Control Branch (2016-2017). Other non-academic work experience includes Global Product Development Intern at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Michigan), Thermal & Aerodynamic Systems Engineering Group, Vehicle Energy Management Engineering Division (Summer 2010), and a 2019 Summer Faculty Fellowship at the NASA Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio), Thermal Systems and Transport Processes Branch. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2021, he was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at a primarily undergraduate institution.

Dr. Disotell is a recipient of the 2021 Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award from SAE International for designing impactful programs of teaching and research mentoring, and a 2020 Group Achievement Award from the NASA Engineering Safety Center for contributions to ground wind loads test capability in support of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. He is an elected senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and member of SAE International.

News Articles

Disotell Recognized by NASA Engineering and Safety Center

Premier Wind Tunnel Advances Key Ohio State Aerodynamics Research

Disotell Receives Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award

Synergistic Activities

  • SAE Road Vehicle Aerodynamics Forum Committee
  • Reviewer: FluidsAIAA JournalAerospace Science and Technology
  • Pen Pal, Letters to a Pre-Scientist
  • Daniel Guggenheim Medal Board of Award (SAE Representative Term: 2021-2024)


  • Fast Pressure-Sensitive Paint for Aerodynamics and Acoustics
  • Wind Tunnel Testing & Instrumentation
  • Boundary-Layer Aerodynamics and Instability
  • Turbulent Flows
  • Design of Validation Experiments