Lakshmi N. Sankar is a Regents' Professor in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Director of the School's Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab, he leads a research and education program focused on the modeling and simulation of unsteady viscous flow around helicopters, horizontal axis wind turbines, and turbo-machinery components. As the Associate Chair of the Undergraduate Programs, he coordinates undergraduate curriculum related activities. Sankar teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the areas of aerodynamics, helicopter theory, wind energy, aerodynamic design, and computational aerodynamics. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1982, Sankar worked at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia. While at Lockheed, he contributed to the development of 2-D and 3-D flow analyses that solve 3-D unsteady transonic flow over airfoils, wing-alone, wing-body, and complete aircraft configurations. He also extended 2-D transonic design methodologies to 3-D transonic wing and wing-body configurations. Additionally, Sankar worked closely with researchers at Ford Motor Company on 3-D Navier-Stokes simulations of next generation automobile configurations. The author or co-author of more than more than 300 technical publications, he is also an AIAA Fellow, a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society, a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Regents' Professor & Associate Chair
College of Engineering
PhD 1977, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS 1975, Georgia Institute of Technology