Aerospace engineering professor earns Young Investigator Award

UC’s Sigma Xi chapter will honor Prashant Khare at the spring social on March 12

Prashant Khare headshot

Prashant Khare

Prashant Khare, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, has been selected for the Young Investigator Award by the University of Cincinnati chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor society.

The award is given to a UC junior faculty member, up to 12 years after earning a Ph.D., in recognition of early career research accomplishments in science or engineering. Khare, who joined the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) in 2017, was nominated by Kelly Cohen, professor and interim head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. 

“Prashant is among the very best young researchers in the area of computational multiphase flows and combustion, and he is widely viewed as a rising star in the research communities that contribute to his field,” Cohen said in his nomination letter.

Khare will be honored 4:30 p.m. March 12 in Engineering Research Center room 427 during a Sigma Xi social event open to the UC community. Khare will receive recognition for the prize and also will give a brief presentation on his research.  

Khare’s research focuses on discovering and enhancing the fundamental understanding of mechanisms and processes underlying multiphase fluid dynamics and combustion applicable to contemporary energy conversion and propulsion devices. Since joining UC in 2017, Khare has received five research awards from various professional organizations and substantial external research funding. 

He has been lauded with teaching awards, including the Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award for Early Career Faculty and the Master Educator Award, both from CEAS; Professor of the Semester by the CEAS student tribunal; and Excellence in Teaching Award from the aerospace engineering department. 

Khare is the principal investigator of a three-year $734,000 grant awarded to UC and one other university by the Office of Naval Research, which concentrates on computational sciences relevant to the Navy and associated student training. As a follow-up to the program, Khare said they plan to add a lab to study unmanned underwater vehicles at UC. 

“We want to find out what technical skills are lacking with new recruits or even existing employees in the Navy. We want to know how we can contribute to providing the Navy well-trained graduates so they can run with these new skills and serve the nation,” Khare said.

Khare also has a collaborative project with the US Army Research Laboratory to develop advanced AI-enabled tools for next-generation vertical lift propulsion systems.

He is the co-founder and chair of the faculty advisory committee of the UC Office of Research’s recently established Advanced Research Computing center, which will accelerate computational and data-enabled research across the university. 

Khare earned his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by two years there as a research fellow, before coming to UC as an assistant professor.  

Featured image at top: UC's Engineering Research Center.

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