Ramesh K. Agarwal

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Ramesh K. Agarwal
Dr. Ramesh K. Agarwal.jpg
Born 1947 (1947) (age 70)
Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Fields Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Aeroacoustics
Doctoral advisor Milton Van Dyke
Doctoral students Michael Wendl
Known for Application of CFD to the analysis and design of all categories of aerospace vehicles
Notable awards Clarence (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle and Design Award
Reed Aeronautics Award[1]

Dr. Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science[2] at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). He is also the director of Aerospace Engineering Program, Aerospace Research and Education Center and Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory[3] at WUSTL. From 1994 to 1996, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Chair of Aerospace Engineering department at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. From 1996 to 2001, he was the Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and the executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University.[4]

Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968.

Dr. Agarwal developed a third-order accurate upwind scheme in 1981[5] (has also been called the "Agarwal Algorithm"[6]) for the solution of Navier-Stokes equations, which for the first time showed the existence of multiple vortices in the corner regions of a 2-D lid-driven laminar cavity flow at high Reynolds numbers (~10,000). Dr. Agarwal is the co-developer of the Rahman-Agarwal-Siikonen (RAS) one-equation turbulence model.


  • 1968 Bachelor of Technology (BS), Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
  • 1969 Master of Science (MS), Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1975 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Stanford University, Stanford, CA


  1. ^ AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award Recipients
  2. ^ Endowed Professorships: A Distinguished Tradition (2006) Washington University Press, page 275.
  3. ^ [1] http://research.engineering.wustl.edu/mems/CFDlab/index.html
  4. ^ National Institute for Aviation Research 2000 Annual Report
  5. ^ R.K. Agarwal, “A Third-Order-Accurate Upwind Scheme for Navier-Stokes Solutions at High Reynolds Number,” AIAA Paper 81-0112, 1981.
  6. ^ W.W. Bower, “Application of the Agarwal Algorithm to the Three-Dimensional Reynolds Equations,” Proc. of the 10th IMACS World Congress on System Simulation and Scientific Computation, Vol. 1 (A84-11828 02-59), Montreal, 1983, p. 230-232.

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