Biography

Dr. Sunil Manohar Dash is an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. Before this position, he worked as a Research Fellow in the International Design Center, at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance (SUTD-MIT), Singapore, and in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He earned his Ph.D. Degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, in 2014, and a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, India, in 2009. He has been honored with Young Engineers Award – 2021 from the Institution of Engineers India (IEI) and the Young Scientist Award – 2020 from the Department of Science and Technology, Odisha, India, for his excellent research activities in the field of Aerospace Engineering. He has also received a silver medal from the former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and a gold medal from the Institution of Engineers India (IEI) for his excellent performance in his undergraduate studies. He has published more than 40 international journal and conference papers. His research interests are in the field of flapping aerodynamics, active flow separation control using biomimetic design, and experimental and computational fluid mechanics.

Research Expertise
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Lattice Boltzmann Method

  • Immersed Boundary Method

  • Experimental Flow Measurement

  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) Visualisation

  • MAV-UAV-Flapping Airfoil Dynamics

  • Complex Cavity-Natural Convection

  • Particle Sedimentation

  • Active Flow Separation Control

Awards and Achievements
  1. Received Faculty Excellence Award Year 2021-22 in the Assistant Professor Level at IIT Kharagpur.

  2. Received Young Engineers Award in the Aerospace Engineering Discipline from the Institutions of Engineers India (IEI) for the Year 2020-21.

  3. Received Odisha Young Scientists Award in the Aerospace Engineering Discipline from Odisha Bigyan Academy, Department of Science and Technology Odisha, for the Year 2019-20.

  4. Received International Travel Support (ITS) from the Department of Science and Technology India to attend 72nd APS DFD Conference in the USA in the year 2019. (Declined)

  5. Received National University of Singapore (NUS) Ph.D. Research Fellowship for the years 2010-2014.

  6. Received Best Conference Paper award in the Fluid Mechanics session in the conference IC-RIDME-2018, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.

  7. Chaired conference sessions on Aerodynamics Study in ICAFM-2016, Malaysia, on Active Flow Control in 70th DFD meeting, APS-2017, Denver, USA, and on Fluid Mechanics in IC-RIDME-2018, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.

  8. Honoured with a Gold Medal from the Institution of Engineers India (IEI) for being the Best Mechanical Engineering Graduate of the year – 2009.

  9. Honoured with an Institute Silver Medal from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, for being the Best Mechanical Engineering Graduate of the year – 2009.

  10. Received Summer Research Fellowship – year 2008, from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

Education

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)                                                                                          Aug 2010 – Dec 2014

Thesis: Development of a flexible forcing immersed boundary- lattice Boltzmann method and its applications in thermal and particulate flow. 

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India

Bachelor in Technology (B.Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering                                     Aug 2005 – Apr 2009

Thesis: Study of cryogenic cycles with ASPEN-HYSIS simulation 

Professional Experiences

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Assistant Professor                                                                                                           Apr 2018 – Cont...

 

Indian Institute of Technology Dhanbad, India

Assistant Professor                                                                                                          Dec 2017 – Apr 2018

 

Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Postdoctoral Research Fellow                                                                                        Jan 2017 – Dec 2017

 

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Postdoctoral Research Fellow                                                                                        Apr 2014 – Dec 2016

Teaching
  1. Introduction to Aerodynamics (AE21001)

  2. Industrial Aerodynamics (AE60006/AE51018)

  3. Physics of Fluid Flow Experiments (AE60037/AE40037)

  4. Aerodynamics Laboratories - I (AE29002)

  5. Mechanics (ME10001) 

  6. Engineering Drawing (CE13001/CE13003)

Reviewer of International Journals and Conferences
  1.  Journal of Fluid Mechanics (JFM)

  2.  Physics of Fluids (POF)

  3.  Computers and Fluids (CAF)

  4.  Ocean Engineering (OE)

  5.  Journal of Fluids and Structure (JFS)

  6.  International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (IJHMT)

  7.  Numerical Heat Transfer (NHT)

  8.  Heat and Mass Transfer (HAMT)

  9.  Journal of Heat Transfer (JHT)

  10.  Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications (TSEA)

  11.  International Communication in Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT)

  12.  International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles (IJMAV)

  13.  Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics (JAFM)

  14.  Energy Reports (ER)

  15.  Computers and Mathematics with Applications (CMA)

  16.  Iranian Journal of Science and Technology Transactions A: Science (IJSCTT)

  17.  International/National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP)

  18.  International Conference on Theoretical, Applied, Computational and Experimental Mechanics (ICTACEM)

  19.  International Conference on Recent Advances in Sustainable Energy Research (RAISER)

  20.  International Conference on Ship and Offshore Technology (ICSOT)

Administrative Responsibilities 
  1. Assistant Warden of LBS Hall                                                                                             Jan 2022 – Dec 2023

  2. Departmental Purchase Committee Member                                                             Jan 2022 – Jun 2023

  3. Co-In-Charge of Aeromodelling laboratory                                                                    Jul 2019 – Jun 2023

  4. Co-In-Charge of Boeing Student Project                                                                         Jul 2019 – Jun 2023

  5. Member of Departmental Academic Committee (UG)                                             Jul 2018 – Sept 2022

  6. NCC Care Taker for 1 Bengal EME Coy                                                                          Mar 2019 – Mar 2021

  7. In-Charge of Departmental Library                                                                                      Jul 2018 – Jul 2019

Conferences Organised 
  1. In the co-organizing committee “International Conference on Recent Advances in Sustainable Energy Research, (RAISER Conference-2019)” 16th December 2019, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

  2. In the advisory committee “International Conference on Recent Advances in Sustainable Energy Research, (RAISER Conference-2019)” 6th July 2019, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

Short Term Courses Organised 
  1. "Flow Visualisation and Measurement Techniques in the Incompressible and Compressible Flows", 01st – 05th August 2022, AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur. (Self-Sponsored, 40 Participants).

  2. "CFD and Experiments on Fluid-Structure Interactions for both Rigid and Elastic Materials", 14th – 18th October 2019, AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur. (TEQIP-Sponsored, 30 Participants).

  3. "Experimental Flow Visualisation and Measurement Techniques for both Incompressible and Compressible Flow Regimes", 12th – 15th March 2018, AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur. (Self-Sponsored, 50 Participants).

Conferences Organised 
  1. In the Organising Secretariat of "International Conference on Theoretical Applied Computational and Experimental Mechanics, (ICTACEM-2021)" 20th – 22nd December 2021, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.

  2. In the International Advisory Committee of "International Conference on Recent Advances in Sustainable Energy Research, (RAISER Conference-2021)" 6th – 7th July 2021, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

  3. In the Co-Organising Committee of "International Conference on Recent Advances in Sustainable Energy Research, (RAISER Conference-2019)" 16th December 2019, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

Seminars Organised 
  1. Talk by Prof. Lua Kim Boon from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NYCU Taiwan, on " Flapping Wing MicroAerial Robot", 05th August 2022, at AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur.

  2. Talk by Dr. Kishora Shetty from Boeing Research & Technology, India, on "Reimagining the Aerospace Materials &Their Advancements for the 21st Century", 10th March 2022, AE Department Webinar, IIT Kharagpur.

  3. Talk by Mr. Partha Adhikari from Boeing Research & Technology, India, on "Aircraft Predictive Maintenance: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges", 07th December 2021, AE Department Webinar, IIT Kharagpur.

  4. Talk by Prof. Cheng Sheng Huang from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NCTU Taiwan, on "Applications of gradient grating period guided-mode resonance filter", 27th November 2018, at AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur.

  5. Talk by Prof. Tsung Lin Chen from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NCTU Taiwan, on "MEMS Logic Gate", 27th November 2018, at AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur.

  6. Talk by Prof. Lua Kim Boon from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NCTU Taiwan, on "Experimental work on insect aerodynamics and flight", 15th March 2018, at AE-Seminar room, IIT Kharagpur.

Invited Talks
  1. Aerodynamics of Flapping Airfoils, 2nd November 2022, at Institutions of Engineers India (IEI) Kharagpur Local Chapter monthly lecture series.

  2. Investigation of Propulsive Performance of Two-dimensional Flapping Airfoils, 1st March 2021, in the Short Term Training Program on Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics for Automotive, Space and Defence Sector in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, A D Patel Institute of Technology, India.

  3. Lattice Boltzmann and Immersed Boundary Method for Fluid-Solid Interactions, 12th December 2019, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NCTU Taiwan.

  4. A study of high frequency flapping aerodynamics, 13th December 2018, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NCTU Taiwan.