Shankar Mahalingam, Ph.D.(old)

mahalingam 1x2Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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Engineering Building/ENG 102
(256) 824-6474
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Education

1989
1982
1980

Ph.D.
M.S.
B.Tech.

Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 
Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Biography

        Shankar Mahalingam serves as Dean of the College of Engineering at UAH since August 2010, where he is also Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Prior to that, from 2000-2010, he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCR from 2002-2006 and 2008-2010. Between 1989-2000, he served as Assistant and later as Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his B.Tech., graduating with distinction, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (1980), MS from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1982), and PhD from Stanford University (1989), all in Mechanical Engineering.

        Professor Mahalingam’s research interests include direct and large eddy simulations of turbulent combustion, forest fire modeling, flame spread experiments, computational fluid dynamics applied to turbulent combustion, acoustic-flow interactions pertinent to solid rocket motors, and cardiovascular fluid dynamics. He has received funding for his research as PI from AFOSR, NSF, ACS-PRF, USDAFS, and UCRLANL, and as co-PI on grants funded by AFOSR, ONR, SERDP, UCEI, and JFSP. He has authored or coauthored over 60 refereed papers (journals and refereed proceedings) and over 60 conference papers. He has won two teaching awards and an outstanding advisor award while at the University of Colorado.

        Dr. Mahalingam has successfully supervised the dissertations of 11 Ph.D. students, across the three universities where he has worked. He served as Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal, and as Member-at-Large of the Board of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute. He is a member of The Combustion Institute, American Physical Society (Fluid Dynamics), ASEE, AAAS, & Sigma Xi.

Research Expertise

  • Wildland Fire Behavior
  • Turbulent Combustion
  • Direct and Large Eddy Simulations
  • Flame Spread Experiments

Honors & Awards

  • Pi Tau Sigma award of Outstanding ME Professor (University of Colorado, Boulder)
  • Outstanding Advisor Award (University of Colorado, Boulder)
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA
  • Fellow, ASME, AAAS

Shankar Mahalingam's former PhD Students

SM students-all.pdf

Recent Publications (UAH PhD students denoted by *)

* Yashwanth, B. L., B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, C. Lautenberger, and D. R. Weise, “A numerical investigation of the effect of radiation and moisture on the pyrolysis and ignition of a leaf-like fuel element” Combustion and Flame, 163, pp. 301-316, 2016.

* Yashwanth, B. L., B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, and D. R. Weise, “An investigation of the influence of heating modes on ignition and pyrolysis of woody wildland fuel,” Combustion Science and Technology, 187, pp. 780-796, 2015.

* Dahale, A., B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Interactions of fires of neighboring shrubs in two- and three-shrub arrangements,” International J. Wildland Fire, 24 (5), pp. 624-639, 2015.

* Anand, C., B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Development of a module for modeling dynamical and thermal behavior of firebrands in WFDS,” Paper 2D05, 9th US National Combustion Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, May 17-20, 2015.

* Padhi, S., B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “A computational investigation of the interactions of shrub fires under the influence of wind,” Paper 2D06, 9th US National Combustion Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, May 17-20, 2015.

Weise, D. R., E. Koo, Z. Zhou, S. Mahalingam, and F. Morandini, “Comparison of Wildland Fire Rate of Spread Models in Chaparral Fuel Beds,” Paper 2D16, 9th US National Combustion Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, May 17-20, 2015.

* Samimi Abianeh, O., C. P. Chen, and S. Mahalingam, “Numerical modeling of multi-component diesel fuel spray evaporation process,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 69: 44-53, 2014.

* Samimi Abianeh, O., C. P. Chen, and S. Mahalingam, “Modelling of Multi-Component Droplet Coalescence in Evaporating and Non-Evaporating Diesel Fuel Sprays,” International Journal of Automotive Technology, pp. 1091-1100, 15 (7), 2014.

* A. Dahale, *S. Ferguson, B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Effects of Distribution of Bulk Density and Moisture Content on Shrub Fires,” International J. Wildland Fire, 22 (5), pp. 625-641, 2013.

* S. Ferguson, *A. R. Dahale, B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, and D. R. Weise, “The role of moisture on combustion of pyrolysis gases in wildland fires,” Combustion Science and Technology, 185: 435-453, 2013.