MEC 313
122 Engineer's Way
122 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Dedic received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University in 2012 and 2017, respectively. After graduation she worked as a visiting scientist with the National Institute of Aerospace at NASA Langley Research Center and joined the University of Virginia as an assistant professor in 2018. Dedic is an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and serves on the AIAA Technical Committee on Aerodynamic Measurement Technology. She is also currently serving as the UVA MAE Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Professor Dedic’s research interests are centered around the development and application of advanced laser-based diagnostics and nonlinear spectroscopy techniques to study nonequilibrium, reacting, and multiphase flow environments with the goal of furthering the development of technologies related to clean energy and hypersonic propulsion and aerodynamics. In particular, Dedic is interested in applying complex laser measurements to study harsh environments while emphasizing measurement accuracy and spatial and temporal resolution. Her expertise includes the development of advanced laser diagnostics—in particular femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (fs/ps CARS)—and deployment in challenging flows characterized by extreme pressures, shock waves, large temperature gradients, transient flow dynamics, and nonthermal energy distributions. Applications include nonequilibrium flows, supersonic combustion, atmospheric entry, detonations, and renewable energy.



B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University 2012

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University 2017

Research Interests

Ultrafast laser spectroscopy
Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering
Optical-based measurement and sensor development
Clean energy conversion
Hypersonic propulsion and aerodynamics

Selected Publications

Single-shot ultrafast coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering of vibrational/rotational nonequilibrium. CE Dedic, TR Meyer, JB Michael Optica 4 (5), 563-570
Investigation of energy distributions behind a microscale gas-phase detonation tube using hybrid fs/ps coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. CE Dedic, JB Michael, TR Meyer Environments 24, 26
Sodium two-photon laser-induced fluorescence characterization with nanosecond and femtosecond excitation. JB Michael, K Zhu, CE Dedic 55th Aiaa Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 0259
Thermalization dynamics in a pulsed microwave plasma-enhanced laminar flame. C.E. Dedic, J.B. Michael, Combustion and Flame, Vol. 227, Pp. 322-334, (2021).
Characterization of supersonic flows using hybrid fs/ps CARS. C.E. Dedic, A.D. Cutler, P.M. Danehy, Aiaa Scitech, San Diego, CA, Aiaa-2019-1085 (January 2019).

Courses Taught

Thermodynamics (MAE 2100)
Applied Engineering Optics (MAE 6870)
Thermal Systems Analysis (MAE 3120)


AFOSR Young Investigator Award 2021
NASA Early Career Faculty Award 2020
DARPA Young Faculty Award 2020
Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investigator Award 2019
NSF Graduate Research Fellow 2012-2017