Solomon, John


John T Solomon, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tuskegee University College of Engineering
Foster Hall, Rm 237
Tuskegee, AL 36088
334 727 8983 (Office)
850 339 8398 (Mobile)
Fax   : 334 727 8090


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University-Fall-2010
  • M. Tech in Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut India, Spring-2002.
  • B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India, Fall-1998
Research Fields

  • Experimental fluid mechanics
  • Flow control
  • Actuator development
  • Engineering education
  • Renewable energy/Biofuels
  • Microscale flow diagnostics
  • Dr. Farrukh S. Alvi, Florida State University
  • Dr. Brian Thurow, Auburn University
  • Dr. Eric Hamilton, Pepperdine University
  • Dr. Vinu Unnikrishnan, Univ. of Alabama
  • Dr. Vimal Viswanathan, Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Aglan, Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Desmond Mortely, Tuskegee University
Biographical Sketch
John T Solomon received PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University, USA. Prior joining Tuskegee University he was working as a Research Associate in Florida Center for Advanced Aero Propulsion and an Adjunct Faculty at Florida State University. Dr. Solomon is interested in Thermal-Fluid sciences and Engineering. His research interests include high speed flow control, actuator development, experimental fluid mechanics, renewable energy and microscale flow diagnostics. He invented and patented a novel actuator technology that is useful for high speed flow control applications. He has published several research articles in the area of actuator development and high speed flow control.

Previous Employers
  • 2010-2012: Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Florida State University
  •                : Research Associate, Florida Center for Advanced Aero Propulsion
  • 2006-2010: Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Florida State University
  • 2002-2005: Faculty in Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India.
  • High Bandwidth & Control Authority Micro-Actuators for Active Flow & Noise Control – 8,286, 895 -October 2012 – US20100282858
  • Tailored Instruction and Engineered Delivery Using Protocols (TIED UP)-Submitted to National Science Foundation I-USE program PI (250 k) 2015. Co-PIs- Vimal Viswanathan (Tuskegee University), Vinu Unnikrishnan (University of Alabama, Eric Hamilton (Pepperdine University) (Recommended for Award)
  • Tailoring Jet Instabilities Using Ultra-sonic Microactuators- Research Initiation Award- Submitted to National Science Foundation I-USE program PI (200 k) 2015 (Recommended for Award)
Research Publications
  1. Uzun, A., Solomon, J.T., Foster, C.H., Oates, W.S., Hussaini, M.Y., Alvi, F.S., “Simulations of Pulsed Microactuators of High –Speed Flow Control”, Submitted to Journal of Physics of Fluids, 2012-Second Revision Submitted
  2. Solomon, J. T., Foster, C., Alvi F.S., “Design and characterization of High-Bandwidth, Resonance Enhanced, Pulsed Microactuators: A parametric Study”, submitted to AIAA J, 2012-Accepted (In Print)
  3. Solomon, J.T., Kumar R., Alvi F.S., “High Bandwidth Pulsed Microjets for High Speed Flow Control”, AIAA Journal 2010.
  4. Topolski, N., Arora, N., Ali, M.Y., Solomon, J.T.,  Alvi, F.S., “Study on Resonance Enhanced Microactuators in Supersonic Crossflow”, AIAA-2012-2813
  5. Garret, S., Solomon, J.T., Gustavson, G., Alvi, F.S., “Implementing Resonance Enhanced Microactuators for the control supersonic microjets’’, AIAA-0065, 2012.
  6. Uzun, A., Foster, C.H., Solomon, J.T., Oates, W.S.,  Hussaini, M.Y., Alvi, F.S., “Simulations of Pulsed Microactuators of High –Speed Flow Control”, AIAA-2938, 2011.
  7. Kreth, P., Solomon, J.T., Alvi, F.S., “Resonance-Enhanced High Frequency Micro-actuators with Active Structures”, AIAA-2939, 2011.
  8. Foster, C., Solomon, J.T., Alvi, F.S., “Visual Study of Resonance dominated Microjet flows using laser based micro- Schlieren”, AIAA-2011-766, 2011.
  9. Solomon, J.T., PhD dissertation, Florida State University, 2010.
  10. Ali, M.Y., Solomon, J.T., Gustavsson, J., Alvi, F.S., “Control of Supersonic Cavity Flows Using High Bandwidth Micro actuators”, AIAA-197194-564, 2010.
  11. Solomon, J.T., Alvi, F.S., Kumar, R., Gustavsson, J., “Principles of a High Bandwidth Micro-actuator Producing Supersonic Pulsed Microjets”,   AIAA-197237-476, 2010.
  12. Solomon, J.T., Wiley, A., Kumar, R., Alvi, F.S.,  “Active and Adaptive Control of Supersonic flow using High Bandwidth Pulsed Micro-actuators”, FCAAP meeting Aug 13-14 2009.
  13. Solomon, J.T., Wiley, A., Kumar, R., Alvi, F.S., “Development and Implementation of High Frequency Pulsed Microactuators for Active Control of Supersonic Impinging Jet”, SAROD meeting, National Aerospace Lab, India, 2009.
  14. Solomon, J.T., Hong, S., Wiley, A., Kumar, R., Annaswamy, A.M., Alvi, F.S.,  “Control of Supersonic Resonant flows Using High bandwidth Micro- Actuators”, AIAA -3247, 2009.
  15. Solomon, J.T., Kumar, R., Alvi, F.S., “Development and characterization of High bandwidth micro actuator”, ASME FEDSM 55032, 2008.
  16. Solomon, J.T., Kumar. R, Alvi, F.S., “High band width pulsed micro actuators for active flow control’, AIAA-3042, 2008.
  17. Hogue, J.,  Solomon, J.T.,  Oates, W., Alvi, F.S.,  “Broadband Pulsed Flow Using Piezoelectric Microjets., Proc. SPIE 7643, 76431V (2010); doi:10.1117/12.847560
  18. Liu, F., Hogue, J., Oates, W., Solomon, J.T., Alvi, F.S., “Piezo electric controlled Pulsed microjet actuation” ASME SMASIS1448, California 2009.
  19. Solomon, J.T., Sobhan, C.B., “Experimental Investigations on Fluid flow and Heat Transfer through Rectangular Minichannels”, ASME Fluid Engineering Summer conference, Hoston , TX, 2005.
  20. Sobhan, C.B., Solomon, J.T., “Flow transitions and Convective Heat Transfer in Single Phase flow   Through Mini channels,” 6th ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Hawaii, 2003.
  21. Solomon, J.T., Wiley, A., Kumar R, Alvi F. S., “Effect of High Frequency Excitation on resonant dominated impinging jet (Under preparation to AIAA journal 2012)
Honors & Awards
  • Nomination for the graduate research and creativity award 2010 of FSU
  • Outstanding graduate seminar award of Mechanical engineering Department, FSU spring-2008
  • Ranked in the Top 5% of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering in India 2000.
Professional Activities
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Member
Invited Talks

  1. Actuators for the Control of High-Speed Flows: An Overview and Updates, F. S. Alvi and J. T. Solomon. Special Session at the 6th AIAA Flow Control Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 27, 2012
  2. High bandwidth pulsed microactuators for active flow control, National Aerospace Laboratory, Bangalore, India, January 2010.
  3. LEM modeling of microactuators, National Aerospace Laboratory, Bangalore, India, January 2010.
  4. High bandwidth microactuators for supersonic flow control Graduate seminar’, spring 2008, FSU
  5. Control of supersonic resonant flows’, Grad Expo, FSU 2009.
  6. Micro/Mini Channels for Thermal Management of Electronic Equipment, Short term program on Thermal Engineering of Electronic Equipment, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 2002.