Alumni Resnick Graduate Research Fellow
Subrahmanyam graduated from Caltech with a PhD in aeronautics. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras with a BTech in aerospace engineering (2010). During his time at IIT, he experimented with quad-rotor based UAVs and later worked on turbulent jet flows for his thesis. His research focus at Caltech was on understanding the non-linear mechanisms in wall-bounded turbulent flows through a systems approach. The long-term goal of this work is to reduce skin friction drag on vehicles, particularly aircrafts and ships, by actively manipulating flow turbulence around their bodies, thereby improving their performance and energy efficiency.
Subrahmanyam was awarded the 2016 Donald Coles Prize honoring the graduating PhD student in aeronautics whose thesis displays the best design of an experiment or the best design for a piece of experimental equipment.
Subrahmanyam is currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
RSI Research: Turbulent Drag Reduction For Energy-Efficient Transport