Baskar Ganapathysubramanian


Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor in Engineering and Professor
Associate Chair for Research
Mechanical Engineering


2080 Black Engr
2529 Union Dr.
Ames, IA 50011



Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University (2008)

M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University (2006)

BTech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institutes of Technology-Madras (2003)

Interest Areas

Computational physics

Computational mechanics (fluid mechanics and heat transfer)

Stochastic analysis

Uncertainty quantification and propagation

Multiscale modeling, control and optimization of complex systems


Parallel computing and inverse problems


  • A.D. Fontanini, U. Vaidya, A. Passalacqua, B. Ganapathysubramanian, “Contaminant transport at large Courant numbers using Markov matrices”, Building and Environment, 112, 1 – 16, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.11.007
  • D.M. Ackerman, K. Delaney, G.H. Fredrickson, B. Ganapathysubramanian, “A finite element approach to self-consistent field theory calculations of multiblock polymers”, Journal of Computational Physics, 331, Pages 280–296, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/
  • D. Stoecklein, C.Y. Wu, D. Kim, D. Di Carlo, B. Ganapathysubramanian, “Optimization of micropillar sequences for fluid flow sculpting”, Physics of Fluids, 28(1), 2016. DOI: 10.1063/1.4939512
  • A. D. Fontanini, Umesh Vaidya, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, “A methodology for optimal placement of sensors in enclosed environments: A dynamical systems approach”, Building and Environment, in press, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.02.003
  • O. Wodo, B. Ganapathysubramanian, “How do evaporating thin films evolve? Unravelling phase-separating mechanisms during solvent-based fabrication of polymer blends”, Applied Physics Letters, in press (2014) DOI: 10.1063/1.4898136