December 1, 2021

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Anupam Sharma

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education in Aerospace Engineering,
Director of ISU CAAL (Computational Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Lab.),
537 Bissell Road,
Howe Hall, Room 2341,
Ames, IA-50011
Email:  sharma .at.
Ph:  (515) 294-2884
CV of Prof. Anupam Sharma (updated Spring 2021)

Openings: (1 Ph.D. position)


  • Prior research experience in computational fluid dynamics and/or aeroacoustics
  • Experience in CFD software development (writing codes from scratch)
  • Programming languages:  Fortran90, C++, and Python

Research Interests:

  • Aeroacoustics:  turbomachinery (fan) noise
  • Bio-inspired designs for aerodynamic noise reduction
  • Wind turbine aerodynamics and aeroacoustics
  • Dynamic stall onset

Visit our laboratory page @ ISU CAAL for details

Courses Taught:


  • AERE-483/583:  Aeroacoustics [F 2020, ’16, ’14]
  • AERE/ME-547: Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer-II [Sp 2020]
  • WESEP-501: Wind Energy Resources – 8 lectures on wind turbine aerodynamics and acoustics [Sp 2014, F ’13, ’12]
  • “Introduction to Many-Body Problems and Algorithms” 10 lectures at Penn State [Sp 2004]


  • AERE 411:  Aerospace Vehicle Propulsion – I [F 2017, F ’16, Sp ’16, F ’15, ’14, ’13]
  • AERE 311: Aerodynamics-II: Compressible Flows [F 2021, Sp ’21, F ’18, ’17]
  • AERE/ME-448:  Fluid Dynamics of Turbomachinery  [Sp 2021, ’18, ’14, ’13, ’12]
  • EM/ME/EE-451:  Engineering Acoustics  [F 2012]

Students Advised (current):

  • Sarasija Sudharsan (Ph.D.):  Characterization of Onset of Dynamic stall
  • Zhangming Zheng (Ph.D.): Design and Analysis of Ultrasonic Bat Deterrents
  • Suganthi Selvaraj (Ph.D.): Investigation of Bio-Inspired Blade Designs to Mitigate Dynamic Stall and Noise
  • Abhishek Barman (Ph.D.):  TBD

Work Experience:

  • Associate Chair of AerE Undergraduate Program, Iowa State University, Ames, IA [2019-present]
  • Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA [2018-present]
  • Summer Faculty Fellow, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio [Jun-Aug 2019 and 2016]
  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA [2012-2018]
  • Senior Engineer at the General Electric Global Research Center, Schenectady, NY [2009-2011]
  • Visiting scholar in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK [Sep-Oct 2010]
  • Mechanical Engineer at the General Electric Global Research Center, Schenectady, NY [2004-2009]
  • Summer Intern at the General Electric Global Research Center, Schenectady, NY [May-Aug 2003]
  • Summer Intern at the National Aeronautics Laboratory, Bangalore, India [Jun-Aug 1998]

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, [2001-2004]
  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, [1999-2001]
  • B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India  [1995-1999]

Journal Publications:

  1. X. Wu and A. Sharma, Artefacts of Finite-Span Domain in Vortex-Induced Vibration Simulations,” Applied Ocean Engineering, Vol. 101, 2020 [doi: 10.1016/j.apor.2020.102265]
  2. X. Wu, M. Jafari, P. Sarkar, A. Sharma, “Verification of DES for Flow over Rigidly and Elastically-Mounted Circular Cylinders in Normal and Yawed Flow,Fluids and Structures, Vol. 94, 2020 [doi: 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2020.102895]
  3. M. Sadoughi, C. Hu, B. Moghadassian, A. Sharma, J. Beck, and D. Mathiesen, “Sequential Online Dispatch in Design of Experiments for Single- and Multi-Response Surrogate Modeling,IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 2020 [doi: 10.1109/TASE.2020.2969884]
  4. B. Moghadassian and A. Sharma, Designing Wind Turbine Rotor Blades to Enhance Energy Capture in Turbine Arrays,” Renewable Energy, Vol. 148, 2020, pp. 651-664. [doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.10.153]
  5. A. Sharma and M. Visbal,“Numerical investigation of the effect of airfoil thickness on onset of dynamic stall,Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol 870, 2019. [doi: 10.1017/jfm.2019.235]
  6. A. Bodling and A. Sharma, “Numerical Investigation of Noise Reduction Mechanisms in a Bio-inspired Airfoil,” Journal of Sound & Vibration, Vol 453, 2019.  [doi: 10.1016/j.jsv.2019.02.004]
  7. A. Bodling and A. Sharma, “Numerical investigation of low-noise airfoils inspired by the down coat of owls,” Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Vol 14, No. 1, 2018.  [doi: 10.1088/1748-3190/aaf19c]
  8. A. Thelen, L. Leifsson, A. Sharma, and S. Koziel, “Variable-fidelity Shape Optimization of Dual-Rotor Wind Turbines,” Engineering Computations, Vol, 35, No. 7, 2018 [doi: 10.1108/EC-12-2017-0502]
  9. B. Moghadassian and A. Sharma, “Inverse Design of Single- and Multi-Rotor Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blades using Computational Fluid Dynamics,” ASME J. Solar Energy Engineering, Vol. 140, No. 2, 2018.  [doi: 10.1115/1.4038811]
  10. A. Thelen, L. Leifsson, A. Sharma, and S. Koziel, “RANS-Based Optimization of Dual-Rotor Wind Turbines,” Engineering Computations, Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp. 35-52, 2018.  [doi: 10.1108/EC-10-2016-0354]
  11. B. Agrawal and A. Sharma, “Numerical Analysis of Aerodynamic Noise Mitigation via Leading Edge Serrations for a Rod-Airfoil Configuration,” International Journal of Aeroacoustics, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 734-756, 2016.  [doi: 10.1177/1475472X16672322]
  12. Z. Wang, and W. Tian, A. Ozbay, A. Sharma, and H. Hu, “An Experimental Study on the Aeromechanics and Wake Characteristics of a Novel Twin-Rotor Wind Turbine in a Turbulent Boundary Layer Flow,” Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 57,  2016.  [doi: 10.1007/s00348-016-2233-6]
  13. A. Rosenberg, and A. Sharma, “A Prescribed-Wake Vortex Lattice Method for Preliminary Design of Co-Axial, Dual-Rotor Wind Turbines,” ASME J. Solar Energy Engineering, Vol. 138, Issue 6, 2016.  [doi: 10.1115/1.4034350]
  14. B. Moghadassian, A. Rosenberg, and A. Sharma, “Numerical Investigation of Aerodynamic Performance and Loads of a Novel Dual Rotor Wind Turbine,” Energies, Vol. 9, Issue 7, 2016.  [doi: 10.3390/en9070571]
  15. L. Chen, C. Harding, A. Sharma, and E. MacDonald, “Modeling Noise and Lease Soft Costs Improves Wind Farm Design and Cost-of-Energy Predictions,” Renewable Energy, Vol. 97, pp 849-859, 2016. [doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.05.045]
  16. H. Ju, R. Mani, M. Vysohlid, and A. Sharma, “Investigation of Fan-Wake/Outlet-Guide-Vane Interaction Broadband Noise,” Vol. 53, No. 12, AIAA Journal, pp. 3534-3550, 2015. [doi: 10.2514/1.J053167]
  17. F. Han, A. Sharma, U. Paliath, and C. Shieh, “Multiple Pure Tone Noise Prediction”  Vol. 233, No. 25, Journal of Sound and Vibration, pp. 6942–6959, 2014. [doi: 10.1016/j.jsv.2014.08.006]
  18. A. Rosenberg, S. Selvaraj, and A. Sharma, “A Novel Dual-Rotor Turbine for Increased Wind Energy Capture”, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 524, 2014
  19. E. S. Takle, D. A. Rajewski, J. K. Lundquist, W. A. Gallus Jr., and A. Sharma, “Measurements in support of wind farm simulations and power forecasts: The Crop/Wind-energy Experiments (CWEX)”, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 524, 2014
  20. A. Sharma and Hsuannien Chen, “Prediction of Tonal Aerodynamic Noise from Open Rotors” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 332, No. 16, pp. 3832–3845, 2013
  21. A. Sharma,  S. K. Richards, T. H. Wood, and C. M. Shieh “Numerical Prediction of Fan Tone Interaction Noise from High Bypass Aircraft Engines,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 47, No. 12, pp. 2866-2878, 2009
  22. N. Sezer-Uzol, A. Sharma and L. N. Long, “Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of Ship Airwake,” Proceedings of the I Mech E, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 219, No. 5, pp. 369–392, 2005
  23. A. Sharma, “Book Review: C++ and Object-Oriented Numeric Computing for Scientists and Engineers,” Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, Vol. 2, No. 5, pp. 236–237, 2005
  24.  A. Sharma and L. N. Long, “Numerical Simulation of the Blast Impact Problem using the Direct Simulation Monte (DSMC) Carlo Method,” Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 200, No. 1, pp. 211–237, 2004
  25.  F. Souliez, L. N. Long, P. J. Morris, and A. Sharma, “Landing Gear Aerodynamic Noise Prediction Using Unstructured Grids,” International Journal of Aeroacoustics, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 115–135, 2002
  26. A. Sharma and N. Ananthkrishnan, “Passage Through Resonance of Rolling, Finned Projectiles With Center-of-Mass Offset,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 239, No. 1, pp. 1–17, 2001
  27. A. Sharma and N. Ananthkrishnan, “Large-Amplitude Limit Cycles via a Homoclinic Bifurcation Mechanism,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 236, No. 4, pp. 725–729, 2000

Papers Submitted/In Preparation:

  1. Characterization of dynamic stall onset

Talks / Seminars:

  • Invited seminar titled “Numerical Investigations of Quiet Blade Designs Inspired by the Unique Feather Features of the Night Owl” at (1) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, (2) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, and (3) General Electric Aviation, Bangalore, India. Institute Rensselaer, NY, Feb 2017, Mar 2017
  • Invited seminar titled “Analysis and Design of a Novel Conceptual Turbine to Enhance Wind Farm Efficiency,” in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rensselaer, NY, Feb 2017
  • Research seminar titled “Effect of Airfoil Thickness on Incipience of Dynamic Stall at Rec=2E05,” at the Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, Ohio, Aug 2016
  • Invited seminar titled “Innovative Solutions to Enhance Wind Turbine/Farm Performance and Reduce Noise,” at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, April 2016
  • Invited seminar titled  “Wind Turbine and Wind Farm Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics,” at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, Nov 2014
  • Invited seminar titled “Windfarm Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics,” at the Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, Sep 2013
  • Seminar titled “Aerodynamic Tone Noise from Open Rotors” at NASA Langley Research Center, Oct 2012, at IIT Delhi, Nov 2012, and at ISU, Jan 2013
  • “Aeroacoustics Research at GE,” University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (Oct 2010) and at The Pennsylvania State University, PA (May 2011)
  • “Blast Impact simulations using Direct Simulation Monte Carlo,” Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and at IIT Delhi, India, Oct 2006
  • “Fan tone noise prediction,” NASA Glenn Research Center, July 2006


  • Dr. Xingeng Wu (now at ??)
  • Dr. Andrew Bodling (now at NASA Ames)
  • Dr. Aaron Rosenberg  (now at GE Energy)
  • Dr. Behnam Moghadassian (now at ??)
  • Mr. Bharat Agrawal  (now at Ansys)
  • Mr. Vishal Vijay (now at Thales Avionics)
  • Ms. Suganthi Selvaraj (now at Collins Aerospace)