Welcome to my open courseware in Fluid Mechanics! My name is Rasim Guldiken.

I am an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida (USF), located in Tampa, FL, USA.

My educational interests lie in open courseware for courses in fluid mechanics, metacognitive activities, and flipped learning.

As an engineer, let me introduce myself with an equation.

The picture on the right - 90 % of hair  + a few more wrinkles (experience lines) = Rasim Guldiken as of early 2021

I received my Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.  Since then, I have been a faculty member at USF. Growing up, I always wanted to become a mechanical engineer and get the opportunity to teach and mentor future generations.  Gladly, I have been able to do both for 12 years now at USF.

I was blessed to be surrounded by great mentors and was determined to pay forward every step of the way in this journey to become a good role model for other generations wherever they may be in their career/academic path.

During my time at USF, I have taught undergraduate-level fluid mechanics (EML3701) and technical elective fluid dynamics 2 (EML4702), and graduate-level advanced fluid dynamics (EML6713), and advanced engineering mathematics (EML6069) courses 34 times to over 2100 undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. level students.

For my teaching and mentoring initiatives, I have been recognized with several awards, including the 2021 USF STEM STEER Scholar, 2020 USF College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2019 USF University-Wide Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (the only awardee from the College of Engineering), 2018 USF University-Wide Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, Honorable Mention (the only awardee from the College of Engineering) and national 2014 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph Teetor Educational Award.

Since spring 2019, I have been offering some of his class sessions in flipped modality, and hence I am experienced in preparing lecture videos to be shared with the students. As faculty around the world are all scrambling to take courses taught from face-to-face to remote instruction format, I decided to start a YouTube channel and make fluid mechanics and differential equations lecture videos available to everyone in these tense, hard, and unpredictable times. I currently have over 200 lecture videos (40 hours of content) composed of derivations, discussion, and real-life examples of various fundamental fluid mechanics and engineering mathematics topics.

Here is a little more interactive welcome!

We also conduct research projects related to fluid mechanics, specifically in nano and microfluidics, where the size of the channels we fabricate in the cleanroom facilities of USF is smaller than the diameter of one of your hair!

There are unique advantages (as well as challenges) working on a small scale brings. The graduate and undergraduate students working on my research group sure have fun, though.

We even have a project where we use the electric field to manufacture 3D shapes from liquid metals. Isn't that cool? It is to me, and that's all it matters at the end of the day...

Since my start at USF, I have had the privilege to supervise and graduate 14 Ph.D. students and 13 M.S. students as their major/co-major professors. I have worked with 18 undergraduate students.

Students landed their dream jobs, such as Senior Innovation Engineer at GE to Wing Leading Edge Engineer at Boeing; or continued their education in a graduate setting with a full scholarship at Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Florida, and USF while receiving prestigious awards such as NSF Graduate Fellowships.

  Also, 5 of my graduates are currently Professors throughout the world, ranging from 140 miles  (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) to 10000 miles+ (Istanbul, Turkey).

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