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Kivanc Ekici

Kivanc Ekici

Associate Department Head, Director of Graduate Programs


2014 - present
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Assistant Proessor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennessee Knoxville

2001- 2008
Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Duke University, Durham, NC

Research/Teaching Assistant, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN

Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering
M.E.T.U., Ankara, TURKEY


  • Unsteady Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity
  • Turbomachinery
  • Fluid-Structure Interactions in Nuclear Reactors
  • Flapping Flight
  • Rotorcraft Aerodynamics
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Lattice-Boltzmann Methods
  • Parallel and High Performance Computation


Ph.D., 2001, Purdue University

M.S., 1997, M.E.T.U., Ankara, TURKEY

B.S., 1994, M.E.T.U., Ankara, TURKEY

Professional Service

  • Senior Member, AIAA
  • ASME IGTI Structures and Dynamics Committee, Member
  • Sigma Xi, Member
  • Sigma Gamma Tau, Member

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2015 MABE Outstanding Senior Faculty Award
  • 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award: proposal entitled "CAREER: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Innovative Design of Wind Turbines”
  • ASME-IGTI John P. Davis Award for the Best Paper of the Year, 2012
  • ASEE, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2011 and 2012


Huang, H., Ekici, K., “A Discrete Adjoint Harmonic Balance Method for Turbomachinery Shape Optimization”, Aerospace Science and Technology Journal, 39, pp. 481-490, December 2014.

Huang, H., Ekici, K., “Stabilization of High-Dimensional Harmonic Balance Solvers Using a Temporal Spectral Viscosity Operator”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 8, pp. 1784-1794, August 2014.

Ekici, K., Beran, P.S., “Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis of Low-speed Flows Using an Efficient Harmonic Balance Technique”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 6, pp. 1330-1336, June 2014.

Lumsdaine, A., Boscary, J., Clark, E., Ekici, K., Harris, J., McGinnis, D., Lore, J.D., Peacock, A., Tipton, J., Tretter, J., “Modeling and Analysis of the W7-X High Heat-Flux Divertor Scraper Element”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 545-551, March 2014.

Huang, H., Ekici, K., “An Efficient Harmonic Balance Method for Unsteady Cascade Flows”, Aerospace Science and Technology Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 144-154, Aug. 2013.

Ekici, K., Hall, K.C., Huang, H., Thomas, J.P., “Stabilization of Explicit Flow Solvers Using a Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Technique”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 51, No. 5, 2013, pp. 1095-1104. doi: 10.2514/1.J051945.

Hall, K.C., Ekici, K., Thomas, J.P., Dowell, E.H., “The Harmonic Balance Technique Applied to Computational Fluid Dynamic Problems”, International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 52-67, 2013. (Invited Paper)

Ekici, K., Kielb, R.E., Hall, K.C., “The Effect of Aerodynamic Asymmetries on Turbomachinery Flutter”, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 36, pp. 1-17, Jan. 2013.

Srivastava, R., Panovsky. J., Kielb, R., Virgin, L., Ekici, K., “Non-Linear Flutter in Fan Stator Vanes with Time Dependent Fixity”, Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 134, No. 2, 021009, Mar. 2012. (John P. Davis Award for Best Paper of the year).

Ekici K., Hall, K. C., “Harmonic Balance Analysis of Limit Cycle Oscillations in Turbomachinery”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 7, pp. 1478-1487, Jul. 2011.

Ekici K., Hall, K.C., Kielb, R.E., “Harmonic Balance Analysis of Blade Row Interactions in a Transonic Compressor”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 335-343, Mar.-Apr., 2010.

Ekici K., Kielb, R.E., Hall, K.C., “Aerodynamic Asymmetry Analysis of Unsteady Flows in Turbomachinery”, Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 132, No. 1, Jan. 2010.

Ekici K., Hall, K.C., “Nonlinear Frequency-Domain Analysis of Unsteady Flows in Turbomachinery with Multiple Excitation Frequencies”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 46, No. 8, pp. 1912--1920, August 2008.

Ekici K., Hall, K.C., Dowell, E.H., "Computationally Fast Harmonic Balance Methods for Unsteady Aerodynamic Predictions of Helicopter Rotors'', Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 227, No. 12, pp. 6206--6225, June 1, 2008.

Ekici K., Hall, K.C., "Nonlinear Analysis of Unsteady Flows in Multistage Turbomachines
Using Harmonic Balance'', AIAA Journal, Vol. 45, No. 5, pp. 1047--1057, May 2007.

Ekici K., Hall, K.C., "Fast Estimation of Unsteady Flows in Turbomachinery at Multiple Interblade Phase Angles'', AIAA Journal, Vol. 44, No. 9, pp. 2136--2142, Sep. 2006.

Hall, K.C., Ekici K., "Multistage Coupling for Unsteady Flows in Turbomachinery'', AIAA Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 624--632, Mar. 2005.

Ekici K., Lyrintzis, A.S., "A Parallel Newton-Krylov Method for Navier-Stokes Rotorcraft Codes'', International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 225--230, May 2003.

Ekici K., Lyrintzis, A.S., "Parallelization of Rotorcraft Aerodynamics Navier-Stokes Codes'', AIAA Journal, Vol. 40, No. 5, pp. 887--896, May 2002.

Kivanc Ekici

Contact Information

  • 415 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-6016
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