Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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
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.
- Wildland Fire Behavior
- Turbulent Combustion
- Direct and Large Eddy Simulations
- Flame Spread Experiments
Honors & Awards
- Pi Tau Sigma award of Outsanding ME Professor (University of Colorado, Boulder)
- Outstanding Advisor Award (University of Colorado, Boulder)
- Associate Fellow, AIAA
- Fellow, ASME
Shankar Mahalingam's former PhD Students
Recent Publications (UAH PhD students denoted by *)
*Yashwanth, B. L., B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, and D. R. Weise, “A numerical investigation of the effect of moisture content on pyrolysis and combustion of live fuels,” Paper D402, Central States Section of The Combustion Institute, Spring Technical Meeting, Tulsa, OK, March 17-18, 2014.
*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.
*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.
*Abianeh, O. S., C. P. Chen, and S. Mahalingam, “Modeling of multicomponent droplets collision in dense evaporating and cold sprays,” Paper presented at the 25th Annual Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, Pittsburgh, PA, May 5-8, 2013.
*Padhi, S., *A. R. Dahale, B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Numerical investigation of stationary shrub fire in crosswind,” Paper 070FR-0073 presented at the 8th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, May 19-22, 2013.
*Dahale, A., *S. Padhi, B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Flame merging in two neighboring shrub fires,” Paper 070FR-0198 presented at the 8th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, May 19-22, 2013.
*Yashwanth, B.L., *S. Ferguson, B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, and D. R. Weise, “Numerical investigation of influence of moisture content on thermal behavior of heated wood,” Paper 070FR-0208, presented at the 8th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, May 19-22, 2013.
*Abianeh, O. S., C. P. Chen, and S. Mahalingam, “Multicomponent fuel evaporating spray in high pressure hot gas flow,” AIChE Annual Meeting, November 3-8, 2013.