Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani

Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani

Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechani

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Bharathram Ganapathisubramani (he/him) is a Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton. His research and teaching interests are aerodynamics, hydrodynamics and propulsion relevant to transportation, energy generation and autonomous systems. 

Bharath was born and brought up in Chennai (India). He completed his undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (1995-1999). Upon completion, he moved to the University of Minnesota in the US where he secured his Masters and PhD in Aerospace Engineering (1999-2004). He followed this with a stint as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in the Centre for Aeromechanics research (2004-2006). He moved to the UK as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London (2007-2010). He has been in Southampton since 2010, first as Senior Lecturer and then as Professor.

He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Experiments in Fluids and Flow (the former focuses on the development and application of experimental methods in fluid flows while the latter on practical applications of fluid mechanics). He is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Insitute as well as an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He is a member of the executive and management boards of the National Wind Tunnel Facility. He also serves on the executive and advisory committees of various international conferences.

He has held several administrative roles at Southampton including Head of Aero/Astro department (2019-2022), Director Admissions for Aero/Astro programme (2019-2022), Deputy Head of School for Research for School of Engineering (2018-2019) and the Head of the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics research group (2012-2018). 

In his spare time, Bharath plays cricket and squash (at a very amateur level). He also enjoys running, playing video games and sometimes binge-watching TV shows.