Announcements and Opportunities

General Announcements for Students applying for a Ph.D. in CCL/AE:

  • Full application has to be completed with AE to be reviewed for admission and/or aid
  • Admission into GTAE is decided by a Graduate Admission Committee
  • Only those who are admitted will be considered for Financial Aid
  • For admission into the Fall semester, funding decisions are made only around January
  • No response to emails before January will be made
  • it is recommended that students who have completed their application package to GTAE contact Prof. Menon in December or January
  • CCL does not accept applications for Spring semester admission

The research in CCL employs many in-house codes that use advanced programming paradigms and therefore, all applicants are required to be very familiar with Fortran (F90, 95, 2003) and some C/C++.

Familiarity and Knowledge in Linux OS and Fortran Programming are required to be considered for graduate studies in CCL.

Experience working with commercial codes by just pushing buttons is not considered relevant although such an experience on top of proven programming skills would be.

Ability to do parallel programming would be considered a plus as well. Other relevant libraries/software we use are:

  • MPI, OpenMP and other parallel software (e.g., GPU, Intel Phi)
  • XDMF
  • HDF5
  • xml-fortran
  • Cantera
  • Python
  • CMake

Ability to work with these libraries and/or software, and to write and debug large codes are strict requirements. Since these software may be unfamiliar to you an explicit and HONEST assessment of your ability is expected from all applicants if you contact CCL for admission and/or support.

Most of these software can be learned in CCL, but in order to be considered people applying for Ph.D. in CCL must enjoy analytical and numerical studies that not only require extensive programming on a regular basis but also working with such software.

General Areas of Research and Future Focus

CCL is focused primarily on computational modeling of turbulent combustion phenomenon as it occurs in gas turbines, rockets and scramjet engines. To a lesser degree there is some research focus on turbulent mixing and modeling but NOT on CFD. In all these effort we are focused on applications using Large-Eddy Simulation techniques and to a lesser extent on hybrid methods. We rarely do any research in Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics and conventional CFD turbulence modeling. If you are interested in these related areas you should apply to other faculty.

CCL team members are required to be self-motivated and willing to work on challenges that have not been attempted before and all are required to work in team programs, although each person will be individually tasked to meet his or her goals. Timeline to meet their respective goal will be strict.

CCL accepts student only for computational studies. Students with experimental research interest should contact other relevant faculty.

1. CCL typically accepts only PhD students and in Computational Combustion Area only - this includes Turbulent Combustion as well
2. PhD applicants must be admitted academically by GT Aerospace Engineering first to be considered in CCL.
3. Only PhD admitted students are considered for funding and applications are accepted only in Fall.
4. Students with already a MS are given higher priority but they have to show graduate caliber work and/or motivation.
5. Students with a BS are also accepted but only if they are planning to do a PhD.
6. Students wishing to do MS without thesis will not be considered for funding.
7. MS with thesis is possible but funding is very limited and secondary to PhD applicants.
8. CCL is in AE so all students will be getting degree in AE only. We do not support ME or CSE students.
9. PhD after MS ~ 4+ years and PhD after BS ~ 5+ years. These are "maximum" timelines.
10. Note: Funding is not guaranteed for the entire 4-5 years noted above.
11. Beyond the first year, support will depend upon performance assessment.

General Notes for Summer Training and Short Visits to CCL

In general applications from undergraduates for any University (in US or abroad) for summer visit will NOT be acknowledged since such visits are not feasible due to the nature of research in CCL. So general emails regarding this possibility should be avoided. They will be ignored.

If there are to be such a visit they will have to be properly defined and proposed by the student(s) with his/her advisor's approval so that there is a proper measurable metric. These are usually very rare events.

Undergraduates from Georgia Tech are accepted as long as they are willing to commit for a longer term effort (as opposed to a single semester) since research undertakings in CCL can take substantial time and effort to learn, absorb and contribute.