Portonovo Ayyaswamy Receives UCLA Engineering Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Portonovo Ayyaswamy, Asa Whitney Professor of Dynamical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, is the recipient of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science's Engineering Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The award is one of the school's highest honors.Dr. Ayyaswamy's research is in the area of mechanical engineering, with foci in modeling, simulations and experimentation of multi-phase flow/heat and mass transfer. Over the years, Dr. Ayyaswamy has contributed to many diverse areas of heat transfer, mass transfer, and fluid mechanics. These include investigations of finite sized bubble motion and the effects of surfactants in the context of gas embolism, forced convective effects on condensation, evaporation and combustion of moving drops and particles, the effect of electric fields on flames under normal and microgravity conditions, capillary flows related to heat pipes, buoyancy driven flows, and nano particle motion in the context of targeted drug delivery. He has also contributed to the containment safety and large scale safety of nuclear reactors.