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Dr. Raman Balu

Dr. Raman Balu

Dr. Raman Balu

Indian Institute of Technology





Dr. Raman Balu is a graduate (B.Tech) in Mechanical Engineering and a post-graduate (M.S. by research) in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of ISRO in 1971 and has been working on thermal protection system (TPS) design and Secondary Injection Thrust Vector Control (SITVC) systems development for all the Indian launch vehicles. He designed and developed the air pre-heating system for the India’s first hypersonic wind tunnel at VSSC. He got his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the IISc, Bangalore in 1990 for his work 3-D Nozzle flows with Thrust Vector Control. He has about 100 publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings and has published more than 200 internal reports in VSSC. He is a life member of the Aeronautical Society of India and also the Astronautical Society of India .He retired as Group Director, Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics Group, VSSC in October 2006, after 35 years of service in ISRO. Presently, he is working as Dean ( Research ), ACE College of Engineering, Thiruvallam, Trivandrum. Prior to this he has served as, Dean, School of Mechanical Engineering, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education (NICHE) , Kumaracoil, KK District, Tamil Nadu, from 2006 to 2014. He is a Life member of the Aeronautical Society of India and the Astronautical Society of India.. He has been selected for inclusion as a listee for the Marquis Who’s Who of the World, USA, ( 32nd Edition, 2015).


Research Interest

Boundary layer heat transfer, nozzle and jet flows, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamic shape optimization, heat transfer in nano-fluids and surrogate modeling of expensive time-consuming simulation data.