Laboratory Director

DRDO Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

FNAE, FRSC, FRAeS, FAScT, FASME, FInstP, AF-AIAA, DST Swarnajayanti Fellow


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2007
MS, University of Connecticut, 2004
BE, Jadavpur University, 2000

Research interest

Multiphase transport processes. Atomization and sprays, Micro-nanoscale transport in droplets, Combustion

Lab Manager


Chaitra Arakesh

Lab Manager

Contact details: achaitra@iisc.ac.in

Post-doctoral Fellows


Dr. Vivek Jaiswal

C.V. Raman Postdoc fellow

Research Interest:Droplet Evaporation, Bio-fluid Transport Phenomena, Pattern Analysis, Droplet Combustion, Micro-channel simulations, Microfluidics, Electromagnetism.


Dr. Sreeparna Majee

Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Bio-Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Droplet Evaporation and pathogen self-assembly in fluid interfaces


Dr. Sriniwasa Rao S

Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Experimental Heat and Mass transfer, Tomography, Flow Visualization, Drop-impact dynamics, Shock-droplet interaction


Postdoc fellow

Research Interest: Combustion, Propulsion, Heat Transfer, Combustion Modeling, Droplet Impact 

Omkar Hegde (1).jpg

Omkar Hegde

Research Associate

Research Interest: Droplets, Active matter fluid dynamics at small scale, Soft Matter, Microfluidics 

Current Ph.D Students


Durbar Roy

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest:Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Thermofluidics and Mathematical modelling of physical systems


Gautham V.

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Droplet Combustion, Nanofuels


Sonu Kumar

P.h.D. student (ICER Dept.)

Research Interest:  Atomization and Spray, Spray Combustion, Swirl Flow, Solar Thermal Energy Storage


Bal Krishan

P.h.D. student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer Gas Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Statistical Physics and Molecular Dynamics.


Shubham Sharma

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Multiphase flow interactions, Atomisation mechanisms, Compressible flows, Microscale droplet dynamics, Fluid dynamics relevant to COVID-19 transmission.


Amey Agarkar

P.h.D student (PMRF at ICER Dept.)

Research Interest: Elucidation of fluid dynamics of bacterial movements in natural body fluids and its relation to pathogenesis.


Joita Chakorbarty

P.h.D. student (PMRF at ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Multiphase flows, Hydrodynamic Instability, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thin-film flows.


Siddhant Jain

P.h.D. student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Fluid dynamics, Vortex rings, Multiphase flow interactions, Bluff body aerodynamics, Wind Energy.


Abdur Rasheed

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Biofluid droplet evaporation, microscale flow phenomena, bio-fluid precipitation, and pattern formation.


Darshan Rathod

P.h.D student (PMRF at ICER Dept.)

Research Interest: Combustion and Spray

Thirumalaikumaran S K.jpg

Thirumalaikumaran S K

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest: Droplet Combustion, Vortex-Flame Interaction, Nano fuels, Spray Combustion

download (1).png

Rampada Rana

P.h.D student (ME Dept.) ERP


Akhil Aravind

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

download (1).png

Bhavin Rathod

P.h.D student (ME Dept.)


P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Research Interest:  Multiphysics modeling and simulation. Electrothermal, thermofluid, fluid structure interaction.​ Energy storage and harvesting system. Pattern reorganization Data-driven discovery, Machine learning


P.h.D student (ME Dept.)

Guide: Prof. Aloke Kumar
Co-guide: Prof. Saptarshi Basu

Research Interest: Droplet evaporation of polymeric fluids, Pattern formation in polymeric droplets

Project Staffs


Abhishek Dubey

P.A. at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Propulsion and Combustion, Reacting Flow, Atomization and Sprays, Laser Diagnostics.


Sophia M.

P.A at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, and physics.


Samprada Kumbhare

P.A at ICER Dept.

Research Interest: Combustion and Sprays.


Darshan Aditya

Project Trainee at ME Dept.

To learn about mechanical systems/configuration and combustion


Harsha Shekar

Project Trainee at ME Dept.

I’am interested in physics and combustion.

WhatsApp Image 2022-01-21 at 10.57.39 AM.jpeg

Karishma Bharti

P.A at ME Dept.

Research Interest: Aerodynamics, Gas Dynamics, Supersonic flows, Supercritical flows, Laser Diagnostics