Faculty Profile

Dr. Siva Thangam

PROFESSOR & DEAN OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION
Room: E403
Phone: 201.216.5558
Fax: 201.216.8315
Email: sthangam@stevens.edu
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Mechanical Engineering
Office:  Academic Administration
Education
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1980
  • Master of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1973
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Madras, 1971
Research
Computational modeling and simulation of high speed flows, turbulence modeling for heat and mass transfer applications, LES and DNS of complex flows, experimental investigation of bluff body flows, modeling and analysis of flows in turbomachinery, biomedical devices, thermal analysis for manufacturing and materials processing systems.
Experience
Dean of Academic Administration: March 2007 - present
Associate Dean of Engineering: July 1996 - October 2001
Director (Mechanical Engineering Department): July 1996 - October 2001
Dates of advancement:
      Professor, September 1990
      Associate Professor, September 1984
Date of original appointment:
      Assistant Professor, September 1980
Years on faculty - 30
 
Institutional Service
  • Academic Council (2007-present; Faculty Liaison)
  • Educational Assessment Committee (2007-present; co-chair/coordinator)
  • Policy Task Force (2007-present; coordinator)
  • Academic Leadership Group (2007-present; coordinator)
  • Academic Entrepreneurship Task Force (2008-present)
  • Liaison for Faculty Council and APAR 92007-present)
  • IT Workgroup (2009)
  • Recording Secretary, Stevens Board of Trustees Committee (1996-2002; 2007-present)
  • Professional Practices Committee, (1993-2007);
  • ME Executive Committee, (member)
  • Undergraduate Program Advisor (1980 onwards); Graduate Program Advisor (1980 onwards)
  • ME Co-Op Program Coordinator (since 1987)
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Faculty Advisor (1999-present)
  • ASHRAE student chapter advisor
Professional Service
  • ABET PEV, Mechanical Engineering Programs (2000 to present)
  • Director, New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (1993-2005) & Program Council Member (2005-07)
  • ASME J. of Applied Mechanics (Guest Associate Editor, 2003-06)
  • Member of the organizing committee. NASA-NJSGC Annual Summer Fellowship Conference Organizer and Coordinator 1993 to 2005. NJ Science Convention for Teachers
  • Organization of Symposium and Display Booths to promote Aerospace Engineering education programs under NASA grant, 1999-2005
  • ASEE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Fall 2008
Consulting Service
Consultant, ICASE, NASA Langley Research Center, August 1991 August 1998; active participant in the Fluid Mechanics Group (ICASE) research and development activities in turbulence modeling and simulation. Recent consulting activities (3 months or longer in duration) include: Foster-Wheeler Corporation, NJ (super-crtical water oxidation system design); IBM Research corporation, NY (thermal conductivity measurement systems); TACOM-ARDEC and local entrepreneurs (development of a novel rotary engine); and Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems, CT (micro-gravity liquid level sensor development).
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Member, Academic EntrepreneurshipTask Force (since 2008)
Honors & Awards
  • Master of Engineering (Honorary), Stevens Institute of Technology, 1994
  • The NASA Group Achievement Award for Research in Fluid Mechanics (ICASE Fluid Mechanics Group), 1994
  • The 17th Annual Stevens Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 1994
  • The Alexander-Crombie Humphreys Distinguished Teaching Award, 1987
  • ASHRAE Citation for contributions to educational excellence 1985-86, 1988-89
  • The Ninth Annual Stevens Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 1986
  • ASME Scholastic Award, Doctoral Program, Rutgers University,1980
  • NGM Gold Medal (Mechanical Engineering), University of Madras, 1971
Professional Societies
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Physical Society
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers
  • Sigma-Xi
  • Pi Tau Sigma
Selected Publications
Conference Proceedings
  1. M. Kvitnitsky, A. Valdevit, S. Thangam. (Jun 2009). "Comparison of a Fixed Height and Self Adjusting Height Intervertebral Spacer", ASME Frontiers in BioMedical Devices Conference, Irvine, CA.
  2. I. Mehmedagic, P. Carlucci, D. Carlucci, and S. Thangam. (Nov 2008). "Computational and Experimental Investigations of Turbulent Flow Past Projectiles", The 61th APS Fluid Dynamics meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  3. I. Mehmedagic, D. Carlucci, and S. Thangam. (Nov 2007). "Modeling Compressible Turbulent Flow Past a Blunt Nosed Body with Spinning Base", The 60th APS Fluid Dynamics meeting, Utah.
  4. I. Mehmedagic, S. Thangam, D. Carlucci, and X. Wang. (Nov 2005). "Experimental and Computational Studies of wake flows", The 58th APS Fluid Dynamics meeting, Chicago, IL.
  5. I. Mehmedagic, S. Thangam, D. Carlucci, and X. Wang. (Nov 2004). "Computational and Experimental Investigations of flow past a Spinning Body", Tthe 57th APS/Fluid Dynamics meeting, Seattle, WA.
Journals
  1. I. Mehmedagic, P. Carlucci, D. Carlucci, and S. Thangam. (Nov 2008). "Computational and Experimental Investigations of Turbulent Flow Past Projectiles", Bulletin of American Physical Society, 53 61-62.
  2. I. Mehmedagic, D. Carlucci, S. Thangam. (2007). "Computational study of the flow around a projectile moving through a gun barrel", Proc. of 23rd International Symposium on Ballistics, 2 507-514.
  3. I. Mehmedagic, D. Carlucci, and S. Thangam. (Nov 2007). "Modeling Compressible Turbulent Flow Past a Blunt Nosed Body with Spinning Base", Bulletin of American Physical Society, 52 61.
  4. X. Wang and S. Thangam. (2006). "Development and Application of an Anisotropic Two-Equation Model for Flows with Swirl and Curvature", J. of Applied Mechanics, 73 397-404.
  5. M. Y. Hussaini, S. Thangam, S. Woodruff, and Y. Zhou. (2006). "Development of a Continuous Model for Simulation of Turbulent Flows", J. of Applied Mechanics, 73 441-448.
  6. I. Mehmedagic, S. Thangam, D. Carlucci, and X. Wang. (Nov 2005). "Experimental and Computational Studies of wake flows", Bulletin of American Physical Society, 50 148-149.
  7. D. Siginer and S. Thangam. (2006). "Modeling and Simulation of Turbulent Flows: A Summary on Contributions by Charles Speziale", J. of Applied Mechanics, 73 353-359.
  8. I. Mehmedagic, S. Thangam, D. Carlucci, and X. Wang. (Nov 2004). "Computational and Experimental Investigations of flow past a Spinning Body", Bulletin of American Physical Society, 49 73.
  9. D. M. Bushnell and S. Thangam. (2004). "Current status and future needs in turbulence modeling: an aeronautical perspective & Turbulence modeling: contributions of Charles G. Speziale", J. of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, 17 297-298.
  10. S. Berger, Y. Nagano, S. Thangam and Y. Zhou. (Sep 2004). "Modeling and Simulation of Turbulent Flows", J. of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Springer-Verlag.
  11. Z. Zhu, X. Wang, and S. Thangam. (2004). "Simulation and Analysis of Rigid/Foil Electrolytic In-Process Dressing (ELID) Systems for Grinding", . of Manufacturing Science and Technology (ASME), 126 565-570.
  12. S. Thangam, X. Wang, and D. Carlucci. (2002). "Modeling and analysis of flow past spinning circular cylinders", Bul Amer Phy Soc, Also presented at the 55th Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics. . 47.
  13. J. Saldivar, S. Thangam, R. Cole, I Mehmedagic. (Jun 2002). "Design and implementation of a computer-aided instrumentation system for a CFR engine test facility", ASEE Comp Educ Journal, v. XII . (2), 46-50.
  14. S. Thangam and K. R. Rajagopal. (Jun 2002). "A generalized nonlinear two-equation turbulence model: development and applications", 14th U. S. Nat Congress Theo and Applied Mech, v. XIV. . 104.
  15. D. Carlucci and S. Thangam. (Nov 2001). "Analysis and control of flow past two spinning cylinders in tandem", Bul Amer Phys Soc, Also presented at the 54th Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics. 46 141.
  16. X. Liu, Z. Zhu, S. Thangam, J. Kozak, J Mach. (May 2001). "Modeling and experimental investigations of high-speed electrolytic in-process dressing of grinding wheel", Sci Tech (to appear in 2002). This was presented (along with K. Rajurkar) at the Int Symp for Electromachining XIII, Spain. .
  17. S. Thangam, X. Wang, A. Zigh. (2000). "Development of an anisotropic turbulence model for flows with curvature and swirl", Bul Amer Phys Soc. . 45.
  18. D. Carlucci and S. Thangam. (1999). "Experimental investigations of flow past spinning circular cylinders", Bul Amer Phy Soc, Also presented at the 52nd Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics. . 44 (8), 138.
  19. S. Thangam, X. Wang and Y. Zhou. (1999). "Development of a turbulence model based on the energy spectrum for flows involving rotation", Physics of Fluids . 11 2225-34.
  20. S. Thangam, S. Girimaji, X. Wang. (1998). "Application of a new pressure-strain model for complex turbulent flows", Bul Amer Phys Soc . 43 2209.
  21. S. Thangam, X. Wang and Y. Zhou. (1998). "Development of a turbulence model for flows with rotation and curvature", Modeling Complex Turbulent Flows, Kluwer. .
  22. X. Wang, S. Thangam and Y. Zhou. (1998). "Modeling and analysis of turbulent flows in the presence of rotation and curvature", Modeling Complex Turbulent Flows, Kluwer. .
  23. S. Thangam. (1998). "Development and application of turbulence models based on renormalization group theory", Invited Contribution Workshop on Turbulence and Renormalization, Max-Planck-Inst. for Math., Leipzig, Germany.
Report
  1. M. Y. Hussaini, S. Thangam, and S. Woodruff. (2006). "Continuous Model for Simulation of Turbulent Flows: An Overview", Mathematical and Physical Theory of Turbulence, Lecture Notes in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Chapman & Hall. 131-143.
Courses
  • ME 423 Engineering Design VII
  • ME 424 Engineering Design VIII
  • ME 675 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • ME 615 Thermal Systems Design
  • ME 545 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering