Laila Guessous, Ph.D.

Laila Guessous, Ph.D.Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
404 EC; (248) 370-2183; Fax: (248) 370-4416

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1999 

  • Joined Oakland University in Fall 2000
  • 2007-Present, Associate Professor of Engineering, Oakland University
  • 2000-2007, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Oakland University
  • 2005/2006, DaimleChrysler Summer Faculty Intern
  • 1999-2000, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ME Dept., University of Michigan
  • 1992-1993, Engineering Consultant, Research Triangle Institute, RTP, NC
  • Member of ASME, SAE, ASEE, SWE, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma


  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Thermodynamics.


  • Computational fluid dynamics and computational heat transfer
  • Wind turbine farm layouts using Spectral Element Methods
  • Conjugate heat transfer numerical simulations
  • Multiphase flow simulations of piston oil jet cooling

“I strive to use numerical tools to improve our understanding and modeling of various fluid/thermal problems, including wind turbines, conjugate heat transfer, engine flows, and problems related to wear and scuffing of materials.” -Laila Guessous 

Selected Publications

1. Murphy O’Dea and Laila Guessous, “Development of an advanced wind turbine actuator line
model,” Paper # TFEC-IWHT2017- 17723, 2nd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Summer
Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2017

2. Bolong Ma, Morgan Jones, Aaron Demers, Laila Guessous and Brian Sangeorzan,
“Numerical simulation of upward facing oil-jet cooling of a flat plate,” Paper # TFEC-
IWHT2017-17517, 2nd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Summer Conference, Las Vegas,
NV, April 2017

3. Bazinski S. J., Wang, X, Brian Sangeorzan and Laila Guessous, Measuring and assessing the
effective in-plane thermal conductivity of Lithium Ion Phosphate Pouch Cells, Energy,
Volume/Issue 114C, Aug 2016, Pages 1085-1092

4. Murphy O’Dea and Laila Guessous, “Further Developments in Numerical Simulations of
Wind Turbine Flows Using the Actuator Line Method,” Paper # FEDSM2016-7863, ASME
2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, Washington, DC, July 2016

5. J. Easter, C. Jarrett, C, Pespisa, Yen Chung Liu, A.C. Alkidas, L. Guessous, and B. P.
Sangeorzan, "An Area-Average Correlation for Oil-Jet Cooling of Automotive Pistons,"
Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol 36, No 12, 2014, doi:10.1115/1.4027835

6. Yen-Chung Liu, Laila Guessous, Brian P. Sangeorzan, and Alexandros Costas Alkidas,
"Laboratory Experiments on Oil-Jet Cooling of IC Engine Pistons: An Area-Average
Correlation of Oil-Jet Impingement Heat Transfer," ASCE Journal of Energy Engineering,
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EY.1943-7897.0000227

7. Rebeca Lumbreras, Monica Majcher, Laila Guessous, Gary Barber, J. David Schall, and Qian
Zou, "Numerical Modeling of the Transient Temperature Rise during Ball-on- Disk Scuffing
Tests," Paper # #1569878041, HEFAT2014, Orlando, FL, July 2014.

8. Rong Zhang, Laila Guessous and Gary Barber, “Investigation of the validity of the Carslaw
and Jaeger thermal theory under different working conditions", Tribology Transactions, 55:
1-11, 2012