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Principal Investigator

Samik Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Academic Profile
Phone: 407-823-4039


Samik Bhattacharya is a researcher in the area of experimental fluid mechanics. He has conducted research in fluid mechanics using advanced optical diagnostics, such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV), etc. He is primarily interested infundamental studies of vortex dynamics, unsteady fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and flow control.


Samik Bhattacharya received his B.Tech. degree from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India in the year of 2005. After working in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for two years, he joined Auburn University, USA to pursue MS in Aerospace Engineering. After completing MS, he started his Ph.D. in The Ohio State University, USA under the guidance of Dr. James W. Gregory. His doctoral research focused on three-dimensional wake control of circular cylinders with the help of segmented plasma actuators. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the research group of Dr. David Rival as a postdoctoral researcher in University of Calgary and then as a visiting postdoctoral scholar in Queen’s University. He is currently working as an  assistant professor in University of Central Florida (UCF). He is also a part of the Center for Advanced Turbine and Energy Research (CATER) at UCF


The Ohio State University | Columbus, OH
Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering | December 2013
Advisor: Dr. James W. Gregory, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Investigation of three-dimensional forcing of cylinder wake with segmented plasma actuators and the determination of the optimum wavelength of forcing



Auburn University | Auburn, AL
M.S. Aerospace Engineering | August 2009
Advisor: Dr. Anwar Ahmed, Ph.D.
Thesis: Effect of three-dimensional forcing on the wake of a circular cylinder

National Institute of Technology | Warangal, India
B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering | May 2005
Honors thesis: Development of a prototype of an abrasive jet machine

Research Experience

Post-doctoral researcher | March 2014 – June 2014
University of Calgary, Canada | Advisor: Dr. David Rival



Visiting Post-doctoral researcher | July 2014 – Dec 2015
Queen’s University, Canada | OTTER LaboratoryAdvisor: Dr. David Rival



Graduate research associate | 2009 – 2013
The Ohio State University, Ohio | Aerodynamic Flow Control and Advanced Diagnostics (AFCAD) Research Group



Master’s thesis research | 2007 – 2009
Auburn University, Alabama | Vortex Dynamics Laboratory

Team Members

Alex Ruiz

Ph.D. Student

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) Winner

Bryan Palogan

Ph.D. Student
(co-advised with Dr. Ranganathan Kumar)

Kamlesh Joshi

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest:
Unsteady Fluid Mechanics and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Dibya Adhikari

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest:
Low Reynold Number Aerodynamics, Perching Flight in Ground Effect, and Analytical Model

Christian Anzalotta

MS Student

Research Interest:
Mechanical Thermo-Fluids

Garrett Loving

MS Student


MS Student