Dr. Shankar Mahalingam Dean, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Distinguished Professor, MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING Biography Shankar Mahalingam is Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). From 1989 to 2000, he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 2000 to 2010, he was a 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 150 scientific papers that include 75 peer-reviewed papers (journals and refereed proceedings) and 82 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 14 PhD students including 4 to date from UAH. He is currently co-supervising 1 PhD and 1 MSE student and teaches one course every year at UAH. His current source of collaborative research funding is from the USDA, and NSF. 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 a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Shankar Mahalingam's Curriculum Vitae 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 & 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 Former Students Publications (UAH Ph.D. students denoted by *) **Rahimi Borujerdi, P., B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, and D. R. Weise, “A comparative study of moisture evaporation models in the drying and pyrolysis of moist solid fuels,” paper accepted for presentation, 11th US National Combustion Meeting, Pasadena, CA, March 24-27, 2019. Shotorban, B., **Yashwanth, B. L., S. Mahalingam, and **D. J. Haring, “An investigation of pyrolysis and ignition of a moist leaf-like fuel subject to convective heating,”, Combustion and Flame, 190, pp.25-35, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2017.11.008 **Anand, C., B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Dispersion and deposition of firebrands in a turbulent boundary layer,” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 109, pp. 98-113, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2018.07.012 **Padhi, S., B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “A Computational Study of the Interactions of Three Adjacent Burning Shrubs Subjected to Wind,” presented at the 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, June 12-16, 2017, and also Fire Safety Journal, 91, pp. 749-757, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.03.028 **C. Anand, B. Shotorban, S. Mahalingam, S. McAllister, and D. R. Weise, “Physics-based modeling of live wildland fuel ignition experiments in the forced ignition and flame test apparatus,” Combustion Science and Technology, 189(9), pp. 1551-1570, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00102202.2017.1308357 Weise, D. R., Mell, W. E., X. Zhou, and S. Mahalingam, “Comparison of thermal decomposition models in chaparral fuels,” Paper 1B12 presented at the 10th National Combustion Institute Meeting, College Park, MD, April 23-26, 2017. Shotorban, B., **B. L. Yashwanth, S. Mahalingam, **D. J. Haring, and **P. Rahimi Borujerdi, “Pyrolysis and burning of leaf-like fuel by convective heating: A computational study,” Paper 1B17 presented at the 10th National Combustion Institute Meeting, College Park, MD, April 23-26, 2017. Shotorban, B., **C. Anand and S. Mahalingam, “Statistical description of transport and deposition of firebrands in a turbulent atmospheric boundary layer,” Paper 3B05 presented at the 10th National Combustion Institute Meeting, College Park, MD, April 23-26, 2017. Li, J., S. Mahalingam, and D. R. Weise, “Experimental investigation of fire propagation in single live shrubs,” International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26 (1), pp. 58-70, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF16042. *Padhi, S., B. Shotorban, and S. Mahalingam, “Computational investigation of flame characteristics of a non-propagating shrub fire,” Fire Safety Journal, 81, pp. 64-73, 2016. Weise, D. R., E. Koo, X. Zhou, S. Mahalingam, F. Morandini, and J.-H. Balbi, “Fire spread in chapparal – a comparison of laboratory data and model predictions in burning live fuels,” International J. Wildland Fire, 25 (9), pp. 980-994, 2016. * 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.