Lakshmi N Sankar

Regents Professor
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Dr. Sankar is a Regents Professor and Sikorsky Professor in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Director of the School's Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab, he leads a research and education program focused on the modeling and simulation of unsteady viscous flow around aircraft, helicopters, horizontal axis wind turbines, and turbo-machinery components. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of aerodynamics, helicopter theory, wind energy, aerodynamic design, and computational aerodynamics. Dr. Sankar is the author or co-author of more than 300 technical publications in the fields of spatially and temporally high order algorithms, 3-D unsteady transonic flow over aircraft configurations, helicopter aeromechanics, compressor stall and surge, wind energy, and aerodynamic design. He is an AIAA Fellow, a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society, and a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.



  • Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (CFD)

  • Center for 21st Century Universities


  • Aerodynamics & Fluid Mechanics

AE Multidisciplinary Research Areas:

  • Large-Scale Computations, Data, and Analytics


B.Tech., Aeronautical Engineering, 1973, Indian Institute of Technology; M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1975, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D, Aerospace Engineering, 1977, Georgia Institute of Technology;