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Philip L. Varghese

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Professor
Director of the Center for Aeromechanics Research

Stanley P. Finch Centennial Professorship in Engineering
University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Area:
Aerothermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Email: varghese@mail.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-3110
Office: WRW 314 C

Education:
Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests:

  • Laser Based Sensors

  • Flow Diagnostics Using Raman and Rayleigh Scattering

  • Optimal Modeling of Nonequilibrium Flows


Dr. Varghese teaches courses in Aerothermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. His research is based on understanding the basic molecular processes occurring in engineering systems which requires a combination of physics and chemistry with traditional fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. His experimental work is focused on optical diagnostics especially laser-based measurements. His computational work involves the study of rarefied flows using direct simulation Monte Carlo methods and numerical solution of the Boltzmann equation using discrete velocity schemes. His research is applied to the study of combustion, plasmas, and micro-plasma thrusters, and modeling of rarefied flows.

He has served on the Cockrell School of Engineering faculty since 1983 and has published more than 60 technical articles and reports. Dr. Varghese is a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor.

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