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Sanjivan Manoharan, Ph.D.


Dr. Manoharan has experimental and computational experience in multiphase flows, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, and turbomachinery. Following his doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Manoharan joined Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2017 and is currently an associate professor in the School of Engineering. He has received several awards and recognitions including the distinguished early-career scholar award and a large National Science Foundation award.


Dr. Manoharan is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Grand Valley State University. He teaches courses in heat transfer, turbomachinery, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. In addition to his professing, Dr. Manoharan is a research advisor and faculty sponsor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Chapter.

While pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Manoharan designed a pressure swirl atomizer and performed experimental and computational studies of bubble growth from submerged hydrophobic and hydrophilic orifices intended to aid in boiling heat transfer. He was also selected to instruct undergraduate thermodynamics

Dr. Manoharan received his bachelor's and master's degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical/space engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His undergraduate concentration was in air breathing propulsion and his master's thesis involved designing an innovative double bypass engine intended to compete with the General Electric GE90-115B. During his time at Embry-Riddle, Dr. Manoharan also studied ice accumulation in cold soaked environments, eliminating horseshoe vortex in axial turbine vane cascades, and large engine transportation.

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