Priyanka Dhopade

Postdoctoral Researcher

Priyanka DhopadeI am a postdoctoral researcher at the Osney thermo-fluids laboratory. My research expertise is in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of jet engine internal flows. I am currently contributing to various projects in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc to research and develop innovative heat transfer methodologies in jet engines.

Aerospace engineering has always appealed to me because it's a clever solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem. As humans, we did not evolve to fly; so we built our own flying machines! Jet engine design in particular, has progressed significantly over the years to satisfy the increasingly demanding operational design criteria of the aircraft industry such as high efficiency, high reliability and availability. My goal is to contribute to the ongoing research effort to improve the performance and reliability of these engines even further.

I grew up in Canada and graduated from Ryerson University, Canada in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. During my undergraduate degree, I did interships at leading aerospace companies in Toronto to better understand the aerospace industry. After graduation, I decided to explore the world and contribute to the global aerospace sector. So, I moved to Australia!

I received an MEng in aerospace engineering from Monash University, Melbourne in 2009 and soon commenced a PhD at UNSW Australia in the nation's capital, Canberra. I completed my PhD in 2013 on aeromechanical modelling of rotating fan blades to investigate high-cycle and low-cycle fatigue interaction. During my PhD, I was a recipient of the Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship award of $10,000, awarded annually to 35 outstanding female aerospace PhD students, worldwide.

I joined the Osney lab at Oxford in 2013 and am enjoying it immensely. The diversity in knowledge and culture, both at the lab and in Oxford, is inspiring and enriching. I feel extremely privileged to have met such a unique and talented group of people and work with them everyday.