Saurabh S. Sawant  (He/Him)

Hello, I am Saurabh, a final-year Ph.D. student in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My research background is in kinetic modeling of the hypersonic environment using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method.  As a part of my Ph.D. research, I have developed performance improvement strategies for scaling DSMC on adaptively-refined grids and worked on projects involving linear stability analysis (LSA) of shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions, development of the LSA framework for studying the modal response of normal shocks,  characterization of molecular fluctuations in the internal structure of normal shocks, and thermal response modeling of ablative materials.

2021 Highlights

Sept 2021: Our work on the Analytical Predictions of Low-frequency Fluctuations in a Shock-Layer is published in the journal of Theoretical and Computation Fluid Dynamics and a related work, A Kinetic Approach to Studying Low-frequency Molecular Fluctuations in a One-Dimensional Shock, is published in the Physics of Fluids journal as editor's pick.

June 2021: Got an offer from THE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a postdoc :)

March 12, 2021: The Texas Advanced Computing Center has awarded a generous computing resource allocation of 613,800 SUs on the Frontera supercomputer through the Leadership Resource Allocation (LRAC) for the proposal written by me and Prof. Levin entitled, "Study of Linear Global Instability of Three-Dimensional Hypersonic Shock/Laminar Separation Bubble Interaction using DSMC". 

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The beautiful background is the Boneyard Creek passing through the Engineering Quad at UIUC. Favourite place of geese on campus.