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Job Record #17306
TitlePh.D. Openings: CFD of Reacting Flows
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Minnesota
LocationUnited States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateWednesday, December 15, 2021
Prof. Suo Yang ( is the Richard & Barbara Nelson 
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of 
Minnesota – Twin Cities (UMN). During 2017-2018, he was a Postdoctoral Research 
Associate in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He 
received Ph.D. (2017) and M.S. (2014) degrees in Aerospace Engineering, and 
another M.S. degree in Computational Science & Engineering (2015), all from 
Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics & 
Applied Mathematics from Zhejiang University in 2011. His research focuses on 
the modeling and simulation of laminar & turbulent reacting flows, including 
combustion, plasma, particulate & multiphase flows, and hypersonics. He has 
authored more than 40 papers in refereed journals and conferences, with a Google 
H-Index of 16. He is a recipient of the Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA). He is a member of the American 
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Propellants and Combustion 
Technical Committee, AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Technical Committee, and 
AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee. His research is 
supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Laboratory/Office 

Prof. Yang’s Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab (CRFEL:
CRFEL currently has four primary research areas: (i) turbulence-chemistry 
interaction in high-speed compressible flows; (ii) multiphase & high-pressure 
transcritical/supercritical fluid flows; (iii) plasma assisted combustion, fuel 
reforming, and chemical manufacturing; (iv) statistical modeling of 
nanoparticles in combustion emissions & nanomaterial synthesis. Description of 
these areas can be seen at 
Also see Prof. Yang’s invited talk about soot modeling in the Combustion Webinar 

Requirements: a solid background in thermo-fluids & numerical methods and a 
strong computer programming (C++ and/or FORTRAN 90, object-oriented programming) 
skill. Previous experience with high-performance parallel computing (HPC) is 
desired but not required.

How to Apply: Please email Prof. Yang ( at first with the 
following materials: a detailed academic CV (including a list of publications if 
applicable), transcripts (including your ranking), a brief statement that 
highlights the research interests and skills, 1~3 
publications/reports/slides/posters that you are most proud of, and contact 
details of 2~3 references. Once encouraged by Prof. Yang, please submit your 
application at before the 
Ph.D. program application deadline of December 15, 2021.

UMN is located in Minneapolis/St. Paul (i.e., Twin Cities), which is the 13th 
largest metropolitan area in the United States with very convenient 
transportation, life, and job opportunities. A lot of Fortune 500 companies and 
17 headquarters of them reside in the Twin Cities area. The Twin Cities area has 
the 6th highest median household income among all metro areas in the nation. 
UMN is ranked 8th in research among all public universities according to the 
National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development. UMN 
faculty and alumni have won 25 Nobel Prizes (30 if including researchers), which 
is ranked 2nd among all public universities in the United States (right behind 
UC-Berkeley). UMN also has the top 20 highest number of leading scholars among 
all research institutes in the world, based on the PLOS citation data over the 
past two decades. The Engineering program at UMN is ranked 4th in the United 
States according to College Choice (2018). Minnesota Supercomputing Institute 
(MSI) is one of the top 5 university-owned supercomputer centers in the nation. 

The most recent Assessment of Doctoral Programs performed by the National 
Research Council (NRC) ranked the UMN ME department well within the top 10% of 
all ME doctoral programs in the United States, and by its “R-ranking,” as high 
as 7th out of 163 ME doctoral programs in the country. This ranking is 
rigorously determined, based upon the research output of our faculty and 
graduate students. The department has been ranked 1st in heat transfer for more 
than half century since the arrival of Prof. Ernst G. Eckert in Minnesota in 
1951. Prof. Suhas V. Patankar (the CFD pioneer who invented the famous SIMPLE 
algorithm) also worked at UMN ME until his retirement, and Prof. Yang has taken 
the torch to teach the “Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow” course 
created by Prof. Patankar.
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NameSuo Yang
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