Grad student Subramaniam to present her research at Women in Aerospace Symposium


Sharanya Subramaniam
Sharanya Subramaniam
Sharanya Subramaniam, a PhD candidate in MechSE, was selected to participate in the 2018 Women in Aerospace Symposium at Stanford University, May 31-June 1.

Subramaniam is an Amelia Earhart Fellow and graduate research assistant in Assistant Professor Kelly Stephani’s Computational Kinetics Group. She is one of about 30 graduate students and postdocs, selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates, and she will present her work on “Characterization of vibrationally resolved transport collisional properties for O+O2 collisions.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in India in 2013. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a senior engineer in the Computer Aided Engineering team at the R&D division of Bajaj Auto Limited, India, where she performed durability analysis of engine components of motorcycles.

Her PhD research is based on the area of aerothermodynamics, focusing on modeling of non-equilibrium, non-continuum flow features for better characterization of flow fields that develop around space vehicles during atmospheric re-entry. She is working to develop a consistent rotational and vibrational quantum state resolved transport model for state-based, hybrid continuum-DSMC flow solvers, and identifying spatial locations where transition between the two solvers must be made. The goal is to use these computationally efficient, high-fidelity models to design optimal thermal protection systems for space vehicles.

The Women in Aerospace Symposium is organized by Stanford University in conjunction with MIT and the University of Colorado Boulder, and offers doctoral and postdoctoral women researchers an opportunity to present their research, learn about careers in academia, and discuss emerging trends in aerospace engineering.