Mitul Luhar

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Henry Salvatori Early Career Chair and Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • 2012, Doctoral Degree, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2007, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • 2007, Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge University


Dr. Mitul Luhar joined the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC as Assistant Professor in January 2015. Prior to joining USC, Mitul was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 2012. As a graduate student, Mitul was awarded the Presidential Fellowship as well as the Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability. Prior to joining MIT, Mitul attended the University of Cambridge, where he earned B.A. and M.Eng. degrees in Engineering in 2007.

Research Summary

Dr. Luhar's research can be classified into two major themes:
(i) turbulent flows interacting with complex (e.g. rough, porous, compliant) surfaces, and
(ii) interaction between flow and flexible structures.
This work addresses open problems in aero- and hydrodynamic design, flow control, environmental science, as well as physical biology, and involves a combination of laboratory experiments and theory.


  • 2020 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2017 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award
  • 2009 Martin Family Society, MIT Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability
  • 2007 MIT Edward H. Linde Presidential Fellow
  • 2005 Queens' College, University of Cambridge Foundation Scholar
  • 2003 University of Cambridge Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • RRB 220
  • Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building
  • 854 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1191

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-7212


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