Faculty Directory
Sandip Ghosal

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L495
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-5990Email Sandip Ghosal


Research Projects


Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program

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M.Phil & Ph.D. Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY

B.S. Physics, Presidency College, Calcutta, India

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics; micro-scale flows, biological and soft systems, turbulence

Research webpage:  http://ghosal.mech.northwestern.edu/

Reearch Blog:   http://s-ghosal.blogspot.com

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Cambridge University (UK)
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University (UK)
  • NASA ASEE Faculty Fellowship
  • Fellow of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University
  • CTR Summer research fellow, Stanford University
  • GFD fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Fellow of the faculty (Physics), Columbia University
  • J. Bose National Science Talent Search Award, India

Significant Professional Service

  • Chair of Acrivos dissertation award committee, American Physical Society (Division of Fluid Dynamics)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Open Mechanics Journal
  • Organizing Committee Member & Workshop Chair: IMA Thematic Year on Complex Fluids & Complex Flows

Selected Publications

  • Sherwood, J. D.; Ghosal, Sandip, Nonlinear electrophoresis of a tightly fitting sphere in a cylindrical tube, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 843:847-871.
  • Bell, Nicholas A.W.; Chen, Kaikai; Ghosal, Sandip; Ricci, Maria; Keyser, Ulrich F., Asymmetric dynamics of DNA entering and exiting a strongly confining nanopore, Nature communications 8(1).
  • Ghosal, Sandip; Sherwood, John D., Screened Coulomb interactions with non-uniform surface charge, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 473(2199).
  • Ghosal, Sandip; Sherwood, John D., Repulsion between Finite Charged Plates with Strongly Overlapped Electric Double Layers, Langmuir 32(37):9445-9450.

In the Classroom

Professor Ghosal has taught Fluid Mechanics and various topics in Engineering Mathematics for graduate and undergraduate students.