Professor Abhilash Chandy graduated with B.E degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Trichy in 2000. Later, he pursued MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA for the following two years till 2002. Without a gap, the professor began work for his Doctorate and received his Ph.D in May, 2007 in Mechanical Engineering from the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Since then, he has worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate till 2008 at the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. At the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA, he worked as Assistant Professor from 2008 to 2014, and an Associate Professor from 2014 to 2017. From May 2017, Professor Chandy has been an Associate Professor at IIT, Bombay.
His research interests include Thermo-Fluid Science, Turbulent Reacting Flows, Computational fluid dynamics, Manufacturing processes, Acoustics, Physiological Flows, High-performance computing, and Magnetohydrodynamics.
For the past several years, Professor Chandy has been working in the area of manufacturing process modelling with companies such as Goodyear Tire and Rubber company, USA; Kraton Polymers, USA, Soraa Inc, USA, and now Pragati Electricals, India. With Pragati, his team has been working on developing a computational model for analysing reactive casting processes. This is an important project for the professor because the investment that industrial partners such as Pragati makes into understanding these manufacturing processes, goes a long way in improving manufacturing efficiency in a variety of applications and fits in with a “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India.
When asked about his future plans at IIT-B, he would like to continue to work on developing computational models for a variety of applications both for industrial technologies and the advancement of science. His recent collaborations with several industrial partners, especially in the areas of manufacturing process modelling is something that he believes he can contribute in IITB and also towards the development and improvement of processes in India's manufacturing industry.
Professor Chandy believes that one of the best ways to engage the students in the classroom is through short-term projects. If we can encourage UG students to take on short-term (3-6 month) projects, and generate an interest in them about the topic, then it contributes in the overall understanding of several phenomena in science and engineering. He also encourages students to take a second look at joining IITB or any of the other IITs for their Mtech/PhD, if they were not already thinking about it.
His hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, and playing squash which he is really enthusiastic about.