Michael W. Plesniak

Headshot of Michael W. Plesniak
Department Chair & Professor
SEH 3000B | Office Hours: By appointment
[email protected]


Professor Michael Plesniak's Biofluid Dynamics Lab conducts advanced fundamental research on human speech production (phonation) and cardiovascular flows. An overarching motivation for studying hemodynamics and speech production is to facilitate surgical planning, i.e. to enable physicians to assess the outcomes of surgical procedures by using faithful computer simulations. Professor Plesniak is the director of GW's Center for Biomimetics and Bioinspired Engineering. His Turbulence, Fluid Dynamics and Wind Energy Lab at GW's Virginia Science and Technology Campus is equipped with wind tunnel facilities to study a variety of flows relevant to transportation and energy research.


  • B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1983
  • M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1984
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1990
  • Post-doctoral Scholar, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Fluid mechanics, thermal science and energy
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Propulsion
  • M.A. Nowicki, N. J. Castro, M.W. Plesniak, L.G. Zhang “3D Printing of Novel Osteochondral Scaffolds with Graded Microstructure,” Nanotechnology27 (41), 414001 (10pp), September 2016. 
  • M.W. Plesniak and K.V. Bulusu, “Morphology of Secondary Flows in a Curved Pipe with Pulsatile Inflow,” invited to ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering Special Issue celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Fluids Engineering Division, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 138 (10), 101203 (18 pages), October 2016, published online 22 July  2016, doi: 10.1115/1.4033962.
  • M.R. Najjari, and M.W. Plesniak, “Evolution of vortical structures in a curved artery model with non-Newtonian blood-analog fluid under pulsatile inflow conditions,” Experiments in Fluids, 57:100, pp. 1-16, June 2016, published online 31 May 2016. doi: 10.1007/s00348-016-2188-7
  • M.R. Najjari, J. A. Hinke, K.V. Bulusu and M.W. Plesniak, “On the rheology of refractive-index-matched, non-Newtonian blood-analog fluids for PIV experiments,” Experiments in Fluids57:96, pp. 1-6, June 2016, published online 21 May 2016. doi: 10.1007/s00348-016-2185-x
  • C. Cox, C. Liang, and M.W. Plesniak, “A High-Order Method for Solving Unsteady Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations with Implicit Time Stepping on Unstructured Grids,” Journal of Computational Physics, 414, pp. 414-435, June 2016, published online 14 March 2016.doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2016.03.016
  • I.A. Carr and M.W. Plesniak, “Three-dimensional flow separation over a surface-mounted hemisphere in pulsatile flow,” Experiments in Fluids57:9, pp. 1-9, January 2016, published online 26 December 2015. doi: 10.1007/s00348-015-2099-z
  • B. Holmes, K. Bulusu, M. W. Plesniak, L.G. Zhang, “A Synergistic Approach to the Design, Fabrication and Evaluation of 3D printed Micro and Nano Featured Scaffolds for Vascularized Bone Tissue Repair,” Nanotechnology27, 064001, January 2016, published online 13 January 2016. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/27/6/064001
  • K.V Bulusu and M.W, Plesniak, “Shannon Entropy-Based Wavelet Transform Method for Autonomous Coherent Structure Identification in Fluid Flow Field Data,” Entropy, 17, pp. 6617-6642, September 2015, published online 25 September 2015. doi: 10.3390/e17106617
  • S. van Wyk, L. Prahl Wittberg, K. Bulusu, L. Fuchs, and M.W. Plesniak “Non-Newtonian perspectives of pulsatile blood-analog flows in a 180 degree model artery,” Physics of Fluids, 27, 071901, July 2015. doi: 10.1063/1.4923311 (featured article, cover graphic).
  • S.B. Poussou and M. W. Plesniak, “Flow field in the wake of a bluff body driven through a steady recirculating flow,” Experiments in Fluids56:40, pp. 1-16, March 2015, published online 8 February 2015. doi: 10.1007/s00348-015-1910-1 
  • K. V. Bulusu, S. Hussain and M. W. Plesniak, “Determination of Secondary Flow Morphologies by Wavelet Analysis in a Curved Artery Model with Physiological Inflow,” Experiments in Fluids, 55:1832, pp. 1-20, November 2014, published online 4 November 2014. doi: 10.1007/s00348-014-1832-3
  • K.C. Stewart, B.D. Erath, and M.W. Plesniak “Investigating the three-dimensional flow separation induced by a model vocal fold polyp,” Journal of Visualized Experiments84, e51080, February 2014, published online 3 February 2014. doi: 10.3791/51080
  • B.D. Erath, S. D. Peterson, M. Zañartu, G. R. Wodica, “Response to Comments on ‘A theoretical model of the pressure distributions arising from asymmetric intraglottal flows applied to a two-mass model of the vocal folds’,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134 (2), pp. 913-916, August 2013. doi: 10.1121/1.4812775
  • B.D. Erath, M. Zanartu, K.C. Stewart, M.W. Plesniak, D.E. Sommer and S.D. Peterson, “A review of lumped-element numerical models of voiced speech,” Speech Communication, Vol. 55, No. 5, pp. 667-690, June 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.specom.2013.02.002
  • C. Liang, C. Cox, and M. Plesniak, "A Comparison of Computational Efficiencies of Spectral Difference Method and Correction Procedure via Reconstruction," Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 239, pp. 138-146, April 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.jcp.2013.01.001
  • K.V. Bulusu, and M.W. Plesniak, “Secondary flow morphologies due to model stent-induced perturbations in a 180° curved tube during systolic deceleration,” Experiments in Fluids, 54, No. 3, pp. 1-13, March 2013, published online 9 March 2013. doi: 10.1007/s00348-013-1493-7
  • R. Mittal, B.D. Erath, and M.W. Plesniak, “Fluid Dynamics of Human Phonation and Speech,” Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 45: 437- 467, January 2013, published online as a Review in Advance on October 8, 2012. doi: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-011212-140636
  • 2017 ASME Fluids Engineering Award
  • 2013 GW School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Researcher Award
  • AIAA Region I Engineer of the Year Honor Society (2013)          
  • 2011 Lead Judge for the Siemens National Competition
  • 2011 NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium Outstanding STEM Faculty Award
  • AIAA National Capital Section Engineer of the Year 2010-11
  • American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics inaugural Extraordinary Service to Fluid Dynamics Award, 2009


  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • American Physical Society Fellow
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow