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Neelesh A. Patankar

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L490
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 491-3021Email Neelesh Patankar


Patankar Group Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics


Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Research Interests

Patankar group research is focused on three primary missions: First, to develop fully resolved computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques to simulate muscle activated movement of organisms (e.g. knifefish, zebrafish) and organs (e.g. esophagus). Second, to use theory and CFD to understand the neural control of movement, to design novel underwater vehicles, and to interrogate the evolution of fish form and function. Third, to establish the foundational science of controlling phase (anti-icing, anti-frosting, boiling, condensation, non-wetting supehydrophobic surfaces) using surface roughness and chemistry.

Significant Recognition

  • International Conference on Multiphase Flow Junior Award, 2010 (presented once every three years for significant scientific breakthrough(s) in the field of multiphase flow by a researcher younger than 40 years)
  • Defense Science Study Group member (one of fifteen scientists and engineers chosen nation-wide), 2010-2011
  • Associated Student Government Honor Roll for outstanding teaching (one of six chosen from the entire school of engineering), Northwestern University, 2009
  • Honorable mention McCormick Teacher of the Year, 2008
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2002
  • Searle Junior Fellowship, 2001, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University
  • Certificate of outstanding ability in mathematics (ranked 14th in India), 1988, Indian Mathematics Olympiad Association
  • National talent scholarship, 1987, National Council for Education Research and Training, India

Selected Publications

    1. Bhalla, Amneet Pal Singh; Bale, Rahul; Griffith, Boyce E.; Patankar, Neelesh A.; A unified mathematical framework and an adaptive numerical method for fluid-structure interaction with rigid, deforming, and elastic bodies, JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS  Volume: 250   Pages: 446-476 OCT 1 2013.

    2. Bhalla, Amneet Pal Singh; Griffith, Boyce E.; Patankar, Neelesh A.; A Forced Damped Oscillation Framework for Undulatory Swimming Provides New Insights into How Propulsion Arises in Active and Passive Swimming, PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY  Volume: 9   Issue: 6 Article: e1003097 JUN 2013.

    3. Vakarelski, Ivan U.; Patankar, Neelesh A.; Marston, Jeremy O.; et al., Stabilization of Leidenfrost vapour layer by textured superhydrophobic surfaces, NATURE  Volume: 489   Issue: 7415   Pages: 274-277 SEP 13 2012.

    4. Kwon Hyuk-Min; Paxson Adam T.; Varanasi Kripa K.; Patankar Neelesh A., Rapid Deceleration-Driven Wetting Transition during Pendant Drop Deposition on Superhydrophobic Surfaces, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS  Volume: 106   Issue: 3     Article Number: 036102 JAN 20 2011.

    5. Patankar Neelesh A., Electrokinetic instability: The sharp interface limit, PHYSICS OF FLUIDS  Volume: 23   Issue: 1     Article Number: 014101 JAN 2011.

    6. Patankar, NA, Consolidation of Hydrophobic Transition Criteria by Using an Approximate Energy Minimization Approach, LANGMUIR  26(11): 8941-8945 JUN 1 2010.

    7. Patankar NA, Supernucleating surfaces for nucleate boiling and dropwise condensation heat transfer, SOFT MATTER, 6(8): 1613-1620 2010.

    8. Hsu HY, Patankar NA, A continuum approach to reproduce molecular-scale slip behaviour, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 645: 59-80 FEB 25 2010.

    9. Shirgaonkar, AA, MacIver MA, Patankar NA, A new mathematical formulation and fast algorithm for fully resolved simulation of self-propulsion, JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS, 228   (7): 2366-2390 APR 20 2009.         

    10. Patankar NA, Are the hydrodynamic forces and torques zero during the electrophoresis of multiparticle systems with thin Debye layers?, MECHANICS RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, 36 (1): 39-45 JAN 2009.