Aravind Kishore, CEAS mechanical engineering student and PhD candidate, was recently awarded the Procter & Gamble Simulation Technology Scholarship in recognition of his work in modeling and simulation of multiphase flows, his active involvement and collaboration with other technical teams on a variety of problems at the Simulation Center, and his mentoring of new students at the Simulation Center. His area of specialization is Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), an approach to fluid dynamics wherein we recreate/model real-world physics using mathematical equations, and solve the mathematical equations using numerical methods. For more complex problems, researchers frequently use super-computers.
In 2005, Kishore received his BE in mechanical engineering from Anna University in India and his MS in mechanical engineering from UC in 2008. While earning his undergraduate degree, he was mentored by Dr. D. Prithviraj, a leading scholar in the field of Turbomachinery and Gas Dynamics in India. Through Dr. Prithviraj’s coursework, Kishore realized his interest in fluid dynamics and decided to make that the focus of his PhD studies. Dr. Prithviraj was highly aware of the renowned CEAS faculty and suggested that Kishore apply to UC for his graduate studies. UC offered him the University Graduate Scholarship along with admission to the graduate program.
Upon arriving at UC, Urmila Ghia, PhD, CEAS professor and Director of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory (CFDRL), and Kirti Ghia, PhD, CEAS professor and Co-Director of CFDRL, presented Kishore with the opportunity to work with them in the CFDRL. Here, he began work specializing in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) under their tutelage.
Kishore joined the UC Simulation Center’s research team in October 2008, a few months after it had been established. Since his induction, Kishore has worked on a range of experiments including simulation of particle dispersion and non-Newtonian fluid flows. His doctoral dissertation deals with the fundamental multiphase flow phenomenon of entrainment—a subject which he recently presented a lecture on, titled “Laminar Plunging Jets and the Associated Phenomenon of Entrainment,” at the School of Dynamic Systems’ Graduate Seminar.
Kishore has been a member of the University of Cincinnati Cricket Team since 2006 and was Team Captain in 2007 and 2008. He served as the President of the Graduate Student Governance Association’s mechanical engineering member group from 2010-2011. In 2007 and 2008, he coordinated the REWU WISE program with Professor U. Ghia. Additionally, Kishore was elected School Pupil Leader at the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School in Chenai from 2000-2001.
According to Kishore, CEAS has provided him with a number of opportunities to recognize his strengths and hone his skills. He was given the opportunity to be an adjunct assistant professor in the civil engineering department at UC, which is when he quickly learned that he enjoyed teaching. After being part of the UC Simulation Center, Kishore has been able to bring stark focus to his interest in problem-solving.
“While I was awarded this scholarship, for which I am thankful, I also strongly believe that my work benefited significantly from working with a great team of people at UC and at the UC Simulation Center. This scholarship signifies that we, at UC, are fostering the right kind of relationships with industry. Special thanks and congratulations should go to Dr. Teik C. Lim (Interim Dean of CEAS) for establishing the UC Simulation Center, as well as Don Bretl, Kelly Anderson and Bernie Rudd, who have brought the UC Simulation Center forward to its current success,” reflects Kishore.
After his expected graduation in summer or fall 2013, Kishore plans to look for an industry position that will allow him to use his strengths in finding solutions to a diverse set of problems. In addition, Kishore thoroughly enjoys teaching and intends to still be involved with education institutions, such as UC, as much as possible.