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Mitul Luhar

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Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • 2012, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2008, Associates, Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • 2007, Bachelors, Engineering, University of Cambridge


Dr. Mitul Luhar joined the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC as Assistant Professor in January 2015. Prior to joining USC, Mitul was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 2012. As a graduate student, Mitul was awarded the Presidential Fellowship as well as the Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability. Prior to joining MIT, Mitul attended the University of Cambridge, where he earned B.A. and M.Eng. degrees in Engineering in 2007. His research interests include environmental fluid mechanics, turbulence, flow-structure interaction, and coastal engineering.

Research Summary

Dr. Luhar's research can be classified into two major themes:
(i) turbulent flows interacting with complex (e.g. rough, porous, compliant) surfaces, and
(ii) interaction between flow and flexible structures.
This work addresses open problems in aero- and hydrodynamic design, flow control, environmental science, as well as physical biology, and involves a combination of laboratory experiments and theory.


  • 2003 University of Cambridge Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
  • 2005 Queens' College, University of Cambridge Foundation Scholar
  • 2007 MIT Edward H. Linde Presidential Fellow
  • 2009 Martin Family Society, MIT Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability
  • 2017 Air Force Office of Scientific Year Young Investigator Program Award
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • OHE 400E
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1453

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-7212
  • luhar@usc.edu


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