Shankar Mahalingam, Ph.D.

 

 

Shankar Mahalingam, Ph.D.

Dean, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERINGProfessor, MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Biography

Shankar Mahalingam is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). From 1989 to 2000, he was Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 2000 to 2010, he was Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and served as Department Chair during six of those ten years. 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 was amongst the earliest group of researchers to develop direct and large eddy simulation methodology to study coflowing jet diffusion flames. He is one of the leading experts in the area of modeling transition behavior in fires including marginal burning, and transition of surface fires to crown fires, utilizing both simulations and laboratory scale experimentation. He has received funding for his research as PI from a variety of agencies including AFOSR, NSF, ACS-PRF, USDAFS, and UCRLANL, and as co-PI on grants funded by AFOSR, ONR, SERDP, CAL-EPA-ARB, UCEI, JFSP, and industrial sources. He has authored or coauthored over 130 scientific papers that include 64 peer-reviewed papers (journals and refereed proceedings) and 73 full conference papers. Dr. Mahalingam was the recipient of two departmental teaching awards and an outstanding advisor award while at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has successfully supervised/co-supervised the dissertations of 13 PhD students including 3 to date from UAH. He is currently co-supervising 1 PhD student and teaches one course every year at UAH. His current source of collaborative research funding is from the USDA.

Dr. Mahalingam is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 


Dr. Shankar Mahalingam's CV

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982
  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1980

Honors and 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
  • Fellow, AAAS

Shankar Mahalingam's former PhD Students

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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.