Michael D Atkinson

Assistant Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

McNair 606
B.S.Mechanical Engineering / North Carolina A & T State University
M.S.Mechanical Engineering / North Carolina A & T State University
Ph.D.Aerospace Engineering / University of Dayton


Dr. Atkinson is an Assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining NCAT, he worked as an advanced lead, aerospace design engineer at General Electric Aviation (GEA) in Evendale, Ohio, where he designed high-speed nozzles for next generation military aircraft. He has over 10 years of experience in applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (Wright-Patterson AFB) and Naval Air Systems Command, where his work primarily focused on supersonic inlet design, non-equilibrium angle-of-attack reentry flow, and plasma-based flow control for advanced flight control. His recent work includes high-fidelity, multi-phase flow analysis for design and optimization of ocean wave renewable energy devices, and plasma-based flow control of incompressible, separated flow.

Recent Publications

  • Michael Atkinson, Mahdi Hasan (2020). (Investigation of a Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator to Control Turbulent Boundary Layer Separation ). (1911) 10, ). MDPI Applied Sciences.
  • Michael Atkinson, Mohammad Uddin (2020). (A Computational Fluid Dynamics Investigation of a Numerically Simulated Wave Tank). In Kambiz Ebrahimi, Dr. SRINIVASA VENKATESHAPPA CHIKKOL, (1) 8, pp. 40-49 ). American Journal of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Michael Atkinson, David Dodoo-Amoo, Frederick Ferguson, Tasmin Hossain, Julio Mendez (An Improved Finite Volume Solution of the Mach 0.5 Flat Plate Problem). ).
  • Michael Atkinson, Dehua Feng, Frederick Ferguson, Julio Mendez (Investigating Unsteady Flow Physics Using an Improved Finite Volume Scheme). ).
  • Michael Atkinson, Mahdi Hasan (Control of Flow Separation on a Hump Model Using a Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator). In Jeffrey Donnell PhD, (5) 18, pp. 12 ). Nineteenth Annual Early Career Technical Conference .