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Department of Aerospace Engineering
Devendra Prakash Ghate
Assistant Professor

  • DPhil, Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford (2004 - 2014)
  • Dual Degree (BTech/MTech), Aerospace Engineering, IIT-Bombay (1997 - 2002)

Course Offered
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Multi-disciplinary Optimisation

  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivamdrum (June-2017 - Present)
  • Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivamdrum (March-2016 - June-2017)
  • Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, ADCET, Ashta (August, 2015 - March, 2016)
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Systems Design and Engineering (CASDE), IIT-Bombay (July, 2003 - July, 2004)
  • Research Associate, Intellectual Property, Evalueserve Pvt. Ltd. (June, 2002 - June, 2003)

Research Work / Area
  • DPhil work involved development of an Adjoint Solver for a commercial CFD solver.
  • Worked on mixed fidelity optimisation of the exit duct of an aircraft for minimum distortion.
  • MTech thesis involved development of a framework for parallel execution of CFD solvers on distributed memory architectures using MPI.

Organised a 3-day workshop on Multi-disciplinary optimisation along with Dr. Pankaj Priyadarshi (VSSC). More information can be found here.

Funded Project

Co-investigator along with Prof. Satheesh K of the IIST-ISRO project titled "Simulation of non equilibrium
flows in shock tunnel nozzles"

Area of Interest

I am primarily interested in computations. I have worked in the areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics, automatic differentiation, gradient optimisation and multi-disciplinary design optimisation (MDO).




  • M.B. Giles, D. Ghate and M. C. Duta. Using automatic differentiation for adjoint CFD code development
    Computational Fluid Dynamics Journal, 16(4):434-443, 2008.
  • D. Ghate and M.B. Giles. Inexpensive Monte Carlo uncertainty analysis, pages 203-210.
    Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 2006.
  • D. Ghate and M.B. Giles. Efficient Hessian calculation using automatic differentiation.
    In 25th AIAA Applied Aerodynamic Conference, 2007.
  • D. Ghate, Amitay Isaacs, K Sudhakar, P.M. Mujumdar and A.G. Marathe. 3D-duct design using variable
    fidelity method. In 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimisation
    Conference, 2004.
  • P.M. Mujumdar, K. Sudhakar, A.G. Marathe, A. Isaacs and D. Ghate. Aerodynamic design
    optimisation studies at CASDE. In Proceedings of the Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics and
    Design of Aerospace Vehicles, Bangalore, 15-16 December, 2003.

  • EPSRC funding at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, Oxford (Oct. 2004 - Dec. 2008)
  • Clarendon Award at the University of Oxford (Oct. 2004 - Sept. 2007)
  • Oversees Research Scholar ( ORS ) award by the UK Government (Oct. 2004 - Sept. 2007)
  • President of India Silver Medal for academic excellence at IIT-Bombay (2002)
  • Scholarship for MTech project from the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing ( CDAC ), Pune, India (Jan. 2001 - June 2002)
  • Summer research fellowship from the Indian Academy of Sciences ( IAS ) (May 1999 - June 1999)
  • National Talent Scholarship by the Government of India (750 students nationwide) (1996)