Venkat Raman

Professor, Aerospace Engineering


3044 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140

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Research Interests

Raman focuses on the development of computational models for turbulent reacting flows with application to aircraft and scramjet engines, stationary power generation, and synthesis of novel materials. His research group uses high-performance supercomputers and detailed numerical simulations to study the performance of combustion devices. His recent focus has been in the areas of numerical error analysis, uncertainty quantification, and failure predictions, aimed towards modeling catastrophic and rare events in complex devices and natural systems.


Venkat Raman received his PhD from Iowa State University in 2003 in the department of chemical engineering. He was a NASA/Center for Turbulence Research Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University from 2003-2004, and a research associate in the Center for Integrated Turbulence Simulations from 2004-2005.

From 2005-2014, he was on the faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department at The University of Texas at Austin, initially as an assistant professor (2005-2011) and later as tenured associate professor (2011-2014).

Raman received an NSF CAREER award in 2008, a distinguished paper award at the International Combustion Symposium in 2013, and the Moncrief Grand Challenge Award in 2013. He held the Eli. H and Ramona Thornton Centennial Fellow in Engineering at UT Austin from 2013-2014.

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Detonation-based device for novel propulsion applications

Combustors that drive propulsion systems are often volumetric in nature, typically in the form of cylinders, and convert chemical to thermal and mechanical energy through oxidation of fuels. This deflagrating combustion approach is now beginning to be challenged by detonation-based combustion that utilizes shock waves to accelerate the oxidation of fuel-air mixture. This technology, originally […]

Graphic of a water droplet disintegrating when hit by a shock wave.

U-M Faculty Receive Award to build AI-driven Scientific Computing Resource

Congratulations to Venkat Raman, Alex Gorodetsky and Aaron Towne for receiving the DURIP award

Venkat Raman named associate editor for Combustion & Flame Journal

The Combustion Institute’s leading publication leverages Raman’s research strength

Raman awarded DoD MURI funding for detonations research

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative funding examines a new generation of propulsion systems based on sustained detonations

Reducing the need for hypersonic tunnel testing

Venkat Raman’s new research center offers a new future for hypersonic vehicles