Prof. Sanjiva K. Lele


Prof. Sanjiva Lele is a Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. His research combines numerical simulations with analytical modeling to study fundamental unsteady flow phenomena, turbulence, flow instabilities, and flow-generated sound. He has numerous prestigious awards and honors to his credit. IIT Kanpur has conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award 2016 for academic excellence.


Prof. Lele received his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur in 1980 and subsequently a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1985. From 1986 to 1989, he worked at the NASA Stanford Center for Turbulence Research. Some of his recent projects involve simulation and modeling of high-speed jets and shock-cell noise, exploitation of flow instabilities for enhanced mixing and for reducing the vortex-wake hazard from an airplane, new approaches for active/passive noise control, and the development of high-fidelity prediction methods for engineering applications including transition and flow-generated noise. He is also interested in developing high-fidelity computational methods for engineering applications. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics from 1994 to 2004.

Achievements and Honors

  • Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2016 by IIT Kanpur.
  • AIAA Aeroacoustics Award, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 2016.
  • AIAA Best Paper Award with David Dawson, AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee, 2015.
  • Associate Fellow AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015.
  • AIAA Best Paper Award with Britton Olson, AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee, 2012.
  • AIAA Best Student Paper Award with William Wolf, AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2011.
  • Stanford Asian American Faculty Award, Stanford Asian American Faculty, 2004.
  • Fellow American Physical Society, 2001.
  • RT Knapp Award with Ted Manning, ASME Fluids Engineering Division, 1999.
  • Gallery of Fluid Motion Award, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 1998.
  • Best Paper Presentation award from Society of Automotive Engineering/AIAA for presentation at World Aviation Congress at Anaheim, October 1998.
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1991.
  • F N Frenkiel Award, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 1986.