Dr. Sathesh Mariappan

Associate Professor

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Kanpur-208016, Uttar Pradesh, India

Email:   sathesh@iitk.ac.in

Phone: +91-512-2596331 (Office)
             +91-512-2596910 (Lab)
Fax:      +91-512-2597561
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Positions Held

  • Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, June 2018 -- present
  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, September 2013 -- June 2018
  • Alexander von Humboldt Post Doctoral Fellow, German Aerospace Center, July 2012 -- August 2013
  • Senior Project Officer, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, April 2012 -- June 2012



  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
  • B. E., Aeronautical Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai, India


Research Interests


Theory and computations :

  • Mechanism of dynamic stall in rotorcrafts  
  • Fundamentals of thermoacoustic interactions  
  • Application of dynamical systems' theory to thermo fluid systems  
  • Adjoint based methods for non-modal stability analysis


Experiments :

  •  Optical flow diagnostics (TSP, PIV, high speed imaging) 
  •  Acoustic measurements (transducers, microphones)   


Research Experience

  • German Aerospace Center, Goettingen, Postdoctoral Researcher, host Prof. Markus Raffel, July 2012 - August 2013
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, Senior project officer/summer intern, host Prof. R. I. Sujith, March 2012 - June 2012/May - July 2006
  • Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany, visiting scientist, host Prof. Wolfgang Polifke, July 2009, May 2010 & May 2011
  • Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, India, Involved in the development of thermoacoustic engines and refrigerators, host Dr. Bala Pesala, March - November 2010
  • Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique (LadHyX), Ecole Polytechnique, France, summer intern, host Prof. Peter J. Schmid, June - August 2009