Rakesh Kumar

PhD (Penn State)

Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Research Interest



  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • M.Tech, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2003
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, 2001



  • AE-747 (Molecular Gas Dynamics)

  • AE-603 (Introduction to Scientific Computing)

  • AE-601 (Introduction to Aerospace Engineering)

  • AE-610 (Aerodynamics-1)

  • AE-612(Aerodynamics-II)

  • MSO203B (Partial Differential Equations, Tutor)

  • Kumar, R., Li, Z., Levin, D., "Modeling of Carbon Dioxide Condensation in the High Pressure Flows using the Statistical BGK Approach," Physics of Fluids, 23, 052001 (2011).)

  • Kumar, R., Li, Z., vanDuin A., and Levin, D., "Molecular Dynamics Studies to Understand the Mechanism of Heat Accommodation in Homogeneous Condensing Flow of Carbon Dioxide," The Journal of Chemical Physics, 135, 064503 (2011).

  • Kumar, R., Saurav, S., Titov, E., Levin, D., Long, R., Neely, W., and Setlow, P., "Thermo-structural Studies of Spores Subjected to High Temperature Gas Environments," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 54, 755 (2011).

  • Kumar, R., and Levin, D., "Simulation of Homogeneous Condensation of Small Polyatomic Systems in High Pressure Supersonic Nozzle Flows using BGK Model" The Journal of Chemical Physics, 134, 124519 (2011).

  • Kumar, R., Titov, E., and Levin, D., "Development of a Particle-Particle Hybrid Scheme to Simulate Multi-scale Transitional Flows," AIAA Journal, 51, 200 (2010).

  • AIAA David Weaver Outstanding Thermophysics Paper Award, 2009.

  • College of Engineering Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008-09.


Office Phone: 0512-259-6301 (O) / 0512-259-8219 (R)

Email: rkm[AT]iitk.ac.in


Birds at IIT Kanpur
Information for School Children
IITK Radio
Counseling Service