Dr. Kevin Disotell is a research scientist in experimental aerodynamics at The Ohio State University.  He earned his B.S. degree (summa cum laude, with research distinction) and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The Ohio State University in 2010 and 2015, respectively, where he was supported by national graduate fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense (National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Program) and the National Science Foundation (Graduate Research Fellowship Program).

Dr. Disotell’s experience spans industry, government laboratories and universities.  Following graduate school, he was selected for the NASA Postdoctoral Program and worked on several turbulence modeling validation programs at the NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia) in the Flow Physics and Control Branch (2016-2017).  Other non-academic work experience includes Global Product Development Intern at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Michigan) in the 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 improving ground wind loads test capability in support of the 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


  • Fast Pressure-Sensitive Paint for Low-Speed Flows and Acoustics
  • Boundary-Layer Aerodynamics
  • Wind Tunnel Test Facility Development and Instrumentation
  • Design of Validation Experiments