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Introducing Prof Janani Srree Murallidharan

We would like to welcome Prof. Janani Srree Murallidharan to the IIT Bombay family. She joined the Mechanical Engineering Department this year.

She completed her B.E. in the Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai. She followed it up with a M.E in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, USA. She then completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering form IIT Madras.

Speaking on her research she mentions Multiphase Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics: Interface Tracking Techniques, Direct Numerical Simulation, Eulerian-Multiphase and Phase change phenomenon.

She has very varied professional experience with her. She has been associated with the Imperial College, London in the capacity of a Research Assistant as well as an Academic Visitor. She also has been associated as a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras and as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, USA. She worked at Department of Aerospace Engineering,IIT Bombay, Integral Coach Factory(ICF) - Indian Railways and Air India in capacity of a Intern.

Speaking about her area of specialization and the recent developments in them that are likely to have a great impact on the future, she speaks of Multiple Phase Flows and the Phase-Change Heat Transfer as they play a key central role in several engineering systems. Some of the practical examples are heat extraction in boilers, heat management in space, oil and natural gas extraction, electronic and microsystems cooling, biological applications and nuclear reactors, etc. The latest development that has been observed in this field pertain to significant improvements in high-speed microscale visualization capabilities, advent of high- performance computing power, which makes complex simulations viable and achievable in a reasonable amount of time. According to her in the current world scenario there is a pressing need  for efficient  means of energy extraction, and the impetus is slowly shifting to understanding of these processes and thereby  innovate highly efficient engineering designs.

Sharing her future plans at IIT Bombay she mentions two broad ideas. First being the complementary alignment of her research at IIT Bombay in line with the ‘Make in India’ program in which she mentions program to help ISRO with there manned space mission and to enable indigenous development of the next generation of the nuclear reactors in India,etc. Second is to facilitate international collaborations that emphasise on the mutually-beneficial, socially-responsible, symbiotic growth of partner countries. With her past experience being involved in Indo-UK Nuclear collaborative engagements, she hopes to bring IIT Bombay into this collaborative initiative. She is also trying to bring IIT Bombay into a multi-country joint effort on tackling problems of ‘Pool Scrubbing related flow and heat transfer’. This is of great significance in achieving countries vision of nuclear power sufficiency. 

On the question of how does she plans on engaging students inside and outside the classroom she mentions various things she plans towards doing this. She is willing to use interactive tools during class. These tools are available to every student through their phones. Through these tools she intends to initiate live chats, discussions and post contents in which all the students can participate. She wants to attempt alternate modes of teaching  such as ‘Flipped Mode’ of teaching complementing it with web- based guest lectures from experts across the world. She  also aims at encouraging and supporting interested kids to participate in global entrepreneur competitions and make them cognizant of the economics and social responsibility aspects of becoming an engineer.

Speaking of her interest in her spare time she states that she is an avid reader and likes to curl up with a book whenever she gets a chance.