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Bhuvana Srinivasan

Associate Professor
  • Crofton Faculty Fellow
  • Ph.D., 2010, Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • M.S., 2006, Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • B.S., 2004, Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
  • B.S., 2004, Mechanical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Dr. Bhuvana Srinivasan
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
Randolph Hall, RM 332-1, Virginia Tech
460 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • AOE/ME 4174: Spacecraft Propulsion (senior-level)
  • AOE 5984: Special Study Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion (graduate)
  • AOE 6124: Hypersonic Aerodynamics (graduate)
  • AOE/ECE 6174: Computational Plasma Dynamics (graduate)

My research focuses on fundamental plasma physics studies for applications relevant to space and nuclear fusion.  For more information visit my Research Page

Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion

  • Plasma-material interactions in plasma-based spacecraft propulsion
  • Instabilities in plasma thrusters
  • Plasma separation from magnetic nozzles
  • Nuclear fusion propulsion

Nuclear Fusion

  • Hydrodynamic mix mitigation in inertial confinement fusion
  • Plasma instabilities in magneto-inertial fusion
  • Plasma-material interactions in magnetic confinement fusion
  • Innovative fusion confinement concepts

Computational Plasma Physics

  • Numerical and computational methods for high-order accurate shock-capturing schemes for multi-fluid and continuum kinetic plasmas

Space/Astrophysical Plasma Physics

  • Kinetic and fluid instabilities relevant to space and astrophysical plasmas 
  • APS Division of Plasma Physics Technical Session Chair (2016, 2017)
  • APS Division of Plasma Physics Program Committee member (2017)
  • APS Division of Plasma Physics Women in Plasma Physics Committee member (2016-present)
  • Reviewer/Panelist for National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Energy Office of Science, Department of Energy Small Business Innovative Research, Los Alamos National Laboratory Lab Directed R&D
  • Reviewer for Journal of Computational Physics, IEEE Transactions in Plasma Science, Physics of Plasmas; High Energy Density Physics; Journal of Plasma Physics; Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids; Journal of Physics Conference Series, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Plasma Science and Technology
  • Master Mentor/Mentor for the New York Academy of Sciences NeXXt Scholars Program (2013-2016) and 1000 Girls 1000 Futures program (2015-2016)
  • Served on various faculty search committees and performed department/college/university-level service at Virginia Tech
  • NSF CAREER Award (2019) News article
  • Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award presented by the College of Engineering Dean at Virginia Tech (2017)
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investigator Award (2015)
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship by Zonta International (2007-08)
  • Outstanding Female Engineer Award by Society of Women Engineers, University of Washington (2006 & 2007)
  • Top Scholar Award Fellowship by the Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation, University of Washington (2004-05)
  • 2013-2014, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2010-2013, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory