Martin Wosnik

Director, Center for Ocean Engineering
Office: Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Suite 102, 24 Colovos Road, Durham, NH 03824
Martin Wosnik

Prof. Martin Wosnik joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty in the spring of 2008. Before joining the UNH Mechanical Engineering faculty, he worked as Assistant Research Professor in the Thermo and Fluid Dynamics Section at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, then as Research Associate at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Before coming to New Hampshire, Prof. Wosnik was Senior Flow Engineer at Alden Research Laboratory in Massachusetts, a national flow engineering firm conducting a wide variety of hydraulic studies for electric power utilities, architect-engineering firms, equipment manufacturers, and governmental agencies.

Prof. Wosnik’s research interests are in the area of fluid and thermal sciences with an emphasis on renewable energy applications, including ocean renewable energy (tidal, wave, wind), turbulent flows, high-speed hydrodynamics, cavitation, flow measurement and hydraulic modeling.

Prof. Wosnik teaches courses in the fluid and thermal sciences area, including: ME 705 Thermal Energy Systems - Analysis and Design, ME 706/806 Physical and Engineering Principles of Renewable Energy, ME 795/895 Experimental Fluid Dynamics, ME 906 Convection Heat Transfer, ME 995 Special Topics in Fluid Mechanics.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.S., Aeronautical/Aerospace Eng., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Darmstadt

Courses Taught

  • ME 608: Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 706/806: Renewable Energy
  • ME 797: Honors Seminar
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research
  • OE 401: Ocean Engineering Seminar
  • OE 990: Ocean Seminars I
  • OE 991: Ocean Seminars II
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

González-Montijo, M., Murray, R., Beach, R., Murdy, P., Neary, V., Kim, D., & Wosnik, M. (n.d.). Design, Manufacture and Testing of an Open-Source Benchmark Composite Hydrokinetic Turbine Blade. Proceedings of the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 15. doi:10.36688/ewtec-2023-418

Turner, J. V., & Wosnik, M. (2022). Velocity data in a fully developed experimental wind turbine array boundary layer. WIND ENERGY, 25(9), 1495-1513. doi:10.1002/we.2709

Haxel, J., Zang, X., Martinez, J., Polagye, B., Staines, G., Deng, Z. D., . . . O’Byrne, P. (n.d.). Underwater Noise Measurements around a Tidal Turbine in a Busy Port Setting. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 10(5), 632. doi:10.3390/jmse10050632

Staines, G. J., Mueller, R. P., Seitz, A. C., Evans, M. D., O’Byrne, P. W., & Wosnik, M. (n.d.). Capabilities of an Acoustic Camera to Inform Fish Collision Risk with Current Energy Converter Turbines. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 10(4), 483. doi:10.3390/jmse10040483

Hulsman, P., Wosnik, M., Petrovi, V., Holling, M., & Kuhn, M. (2022). Development of a curled wake of a yawed wind turbine under turbulent and sheared inflow. WIND ENERGY SCIENCE, 7(1), 237-257. doi:10.5194/wes-7-237-2022

Bachant, P., & Wosnik, M. (2016). Effects of Reynolds Number on the Energy Conversion and Near-Wake Dynamics of a High Solidity Vertical-Axis Cross-Flow Turbine. ENERGIES, 9(2). doi:10.3390/en9020073

Bachant, P., & Wosnik, M. (2015). Performance measurements of cylindrical- and spherical-helical cross-flow marine hydrokinetic turbines, with estimates of exergy efficiency. RENEWABLE ENERGY, 74, 318-325. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2014.07.049

Vincenti, P., Klewicki, J., Morrill-Winter, C., White, C. M., & Wosnik, M. (2013). Streamwise velocity statistics in turbulent boundary layers that spatially develop to high Reynolds number. EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 54(12). doi:10.1007/s00348-013-1629-9

George, W. K., Abrahamsson, H., Eriksson, J., Karlsson, R. I., Lofdahl, L., & Wosnik, M. (2000). A similarity theory for the turbulent plane wall jet without external stream. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 425, 367-411. doi:10.1017/S002211200000224X

Wosnik, M., Castillo, L., & George, W. K. (2000). A theory for turbulent pipe and channel flows. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 421, 115-145. doi:10.1017/S0022112000001385

Most Cited Publications