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  • Sep 2019 - Present: Lecturer of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee, UK.
  • Feb 2019 - July 2019: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany.
  • Dec 2014 - Jan 2019: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India.
  • Nov 2013 - Dec 2014: Postdoc, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA, USA.
  • July 2013 - Oct 2013: David Crighton Fellow, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • June 2013: PhD, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Significant Awards and Recognitions:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Govt. of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2019.
  • Early Career Research Award from the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, 2017.
  • David Crighton fellowship, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). University of Cambridge, 2013.
  • Earl R. Peterson memorial scholarship, The University of British Columbia, 2013.
  • Faculty of applied science graduate award, The University of British Columbia, 2013.
  • Four year fellowship, The University of British Columbia, 2009 - 2012.


I am a curiosity-driven researcher working on a wide range of fluid dynamics problems, specifically those related to environmental and geophysical flows. My overarching research goal is to formulate reduced-order/minimal models of complex flow problems. My current research work focuses on:  

  • Density stratified flows (specifically, oceans): Stratified shear instabilities, internal gravity waves, submarine topography's role in internal wave propagation, and ocean mixing.
  • Surface waves: Wave-current-topography interactions in coastal oceans and how these influence cross-shelf tracer transport, fluid analog of black/white holes and Hawking radiation.
  • Vortex dynamics for problems ranging from vortices in planetary atmospheres to vortices shed by fishes and flapping foils.
  • Collective behavior: fish-school patterns and their energetic benefits.
  • Inverse problems in oceanography: Mapping sea-floor topography from information available at the ocean surface.
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