Joseph Thalakkottor (2021)

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering (ME)


B.T., Cochin University of Science and Technology
M.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Florida

CM 317 (campus map)
Research Expertise

My research interest is focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the nature, behavior, and effects of features existing at the limits of continuum field theory. Common examples of these features, which are represented as discontinuities, are material interface, vortex sheet, shock front, and combustion front. Problems related to them are intriguing as it is accompanied by rapid changes in scales, multi-physics, geometrical complexities, and fascinating chemical phenomena. We use and develop theoretical and computational tools to study them. Our fundamental work finds its way into several applications. For example, obtaining the correct boundary conditions is essential for accurately predicting the vehicle speed, total drag, and even acoustic noise. Or if we are considering electronic devices, it is essential in developing effective thermal management systems. Applications to our work is not just limited to engineering, it also finds use in biomedical applications and helps with our understanding of environmental phenomena.

Brief Bio

I received my bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. After which I worked as a senior design engineer at the shipbuilding division of Larsen and Toubro Ltd., India. Following which I went on to pursue my masters and doctoral degree at the University of Florida. Here I continued as a postdoctoral associate for two more years before joining South Dakota Mines in 2021.


ME-331: Thermo Fluid Dynamics

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