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Job Record #18020
TitleCFD of Turbulent Reactive/Multiphase Flows for Propulsion/Power
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Minnesota
LocationUnited States, MN, Minneapolis
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateThursday, December 15, 2022
Ph.D. Openings: CFD of Turbulent Reacting & Multiphase Flows for Propulsion & 
Power at the University of Minnesota

Prof. Suo Yang ( is the Richard & Barbara Nelson 
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota – 
Twin Cities. Dr. Yang’s research focuses on the modeling and simulation of 
turbulent reacting and multiphase flows, including combustion, plasma, 
particulate & multiphase flows, and hypersonics. He has authored for more than 
50 peer-reviewed journal articles and referred conference papers with a Google 
H-Index of 18, in which he received Editor's Pick and Featured Article awards 
from Physics of Fluids and Combustion and Flame. Dr. Yang is a recipient of the 
prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) and ONR Young Investigator (YIP) 
Award (both awards have only 32 recipients with candidate professors from all 
disciplines). His research is supported by NSF, ARL, ARO, DARPA, ONR, ARPA-E, 
and ExxonMobil. Dr. Yang is a Senior Member of AIAA and a committee member of 
three AIAA Technical Committees. He also serves as an active reviewer for many 
top-tier journals for which he received three Outstanding Reviewer Awards.

Prof. Yang’s Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab (CRFEL:
Established in 2018, CRFEL currently has five primary research areas: (i) High-
pressure transcritical/supercritical multiphase flows; (ii) High-speed reacting 
flows (both internal & external flows); (iii) Plasma assisted combustion, fuel 
reforming, and chemical manufacturing; (iv) Particles in combustion emission 
(primarily soot) and nanomaterial synthesis (e.g., TiO2); (v) Data-driven 
surrogate modeling of reactive/multiphase flows for the control & design of 
propulsion & power systems. Description of these areas can be seen at and Also see 
Prof. Yang’s invited talk about high-pressure phase change and plasma assisted 
ignition at and another invited talk about soot 
modeling at Lab members of CRFEL have been super-
successful: two former postdocs are assistant professors at a top university, 
and students received many prestigious fellowships & awards, including the 
Frontera Computational Science Fellowship (only 4 recipients with candidates 
from all disciplines) and AIAA Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion 
Graduate Award (only 1 recipient per year with candidates all around the world). 
Students at CRFEL also have plenty of internship opportunities in US DoE 
National Labs (e.g., LBNL, NREL) and industries (e.g., Aramco, ExxonMobil). 

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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