Dr. Ekmekci leads the experimental fluids research laboratory at UTIAS. Her group conducts research in flow-structure interactions, flow control, low Reynolds number aerodynamics, flow-induced noise and vibration. Upon start of her appointment at UTIAS, she secured several internal and external grants, including NSERC Discovery, NSERC Research Tools and Infrastructure, Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leader’s Opportunity Fund, Ontario Research Fund, and UofT Connaught Award. Using these funds, she established a laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art experimental facilities and instrumentation. The main systems available in this laboratory include:

• large-scale re-circulating water channel,
• planar Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) system,
• Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (SPIV) system,
• Volumetric 3-Component Velocimetry (V3V) system,
• hydrogen bubble visualization system,
• constant temperature anemometers,
• pressure transducers,
• several motorized linear and rotary traverse systems,
• data acquisition and motion control units equipped with necessary hardware and software.

This infrastructure, together with other facilities available at UTIAS, leads to a unique capability to conduct several experimental projects in the area of fluid mechanics.