Nandeesh Hiremath


Dr. Nandeesh Hiremath obtained his masters (2015) and doctorate degree (2018) in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He pursued his early schooling in India and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (2013). Prior to joining Cal Poly, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium.

Nandeesh has accumulated an impressive portfolio in and out of engineering. For his MS, he developed an analysis and computational model for hypersonic aero-thermo-elasticity, to go with his analysis of liquid-air-cycle engines for air-breathing trans-atmospheric vehicles. His thesis work on rotor blades in reverse flow and extracting static pressure in complex flows without pressure sensors, is only a part of the story: he has done pioneering work on generalizing bluff-body aerodynamics, while guiding a team of over 10 undergraduates, in numerous projects. Later at the von Karman Institute, he gained experience in the turbomachinery and propulsion aspects for airplane and helicopter engines. As a technical lead he worked on the Inertial Particle Separators for turboprop/turboshaft engines. While being exposed to numerous on-site wind tunnels, he gained profound interests in hypersonic ground testing facilities and has great interests in understanding (re)entry physics for terrestrial or interplanetary missions.

As an experimental aerodynamicist, he brings in profound knowledge and expertise into ground testing facilities. He has mastered several measurement techniques and seeks to hone his skills in improvising and developing new measurement techniques. With an entrepreneurial mindset, he seeks to address the core aspects in finding engineering solutions with a multidisciplinary approach. His low-key leadership style shuns the limelight while bringing common sense problem-solving and superb organizational skills. While not in office, he may often be seen in the wild on hiking trails!

Research Interests

  • Bluff body aerodynamics
  • Rotor aerodynamics
  • (Re)entry flight physics
  • Measurement Techniques

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