Shankar Subramaniam

Shankar Subramaniam



PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, May 1997
MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Aug. 1990
BTech, Aeronautical Engineering, Indian Institutes of Technology-Bombay, May 1988


Research Intern, General Motorls R&D (Center, MI), Summer 1996
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Las Alamos Nation Laboratory (New Mexico), 1997-1999

Research Interest

  • Modeling and simulation of gas-solid and particle-laden flows
  • Granular flows
  • Colloids and nanoparticle aggregation
  • Spray modeling
  • Combustion
  • Turbulent reactive flows
  • Mixing
  • Stochastic models
  • Particle methods
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Application areas include riverbank water filtration, fluidized bed processes including chemical looping combustion and CO2 capture using dry sorbents.

Fall 2016 Courses

  • ME 270: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
  • ME 335: Fluid Flow


Dr. Shankar Subramaniam is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. He received his B. Tech. in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai) in 1988 and is a recipient of the President’s Silver Medal. He earned his PhD at Cornell University, subsequent to an MS in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA. After his PhD he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Theoretical Division’s Fluid Dynamics Group. Prior to joining the ISU faculty in 2002, Subramaniam was an assistant professor at Rutgers University. He is a recipient of the US Department of Energy’s Early Career Principal Investigator award. His areas of expertise are in theory, modeling and simulation of multiphase flows (including sprays, particle-laden flows, colloids and granular mixtures), turbulence, mixing, and reacting flows. His current research concerns direct numerical simulation of gas-solid flows, hierarchical coarse-graining approaches, and mesoscale models of colloidal aggregation. He has served on the editorial board of the journal Atomization and Sprays, and currently serves on the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Multiphase Flow.

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