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LENTO MANICKATHAN

 

PhD Student
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Aerospace Engineer

 
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Curriculum Vitae

 
 
 

A motivated researcher with expertise in computational and experimental fluid dynamics.

 

Education

2015 - present

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Thesis: Impact of vegetation on urban microclimate

  • Development of a coupled soil-vegetation-air-radiation model for HPC in OpenFOAM.

  • Wind tunnel study of flow past model and natural plants using PIV.

  • X-ray tomography of natural plants.

    • Image analysis in ImageJ and python.

    • Random forest ensemble classification.

    • High-performance big data analysis in python (HDF5, scikit-image, Dask, Numba).

2011 - 2014

M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Major: Aerodynamics and Wind Energy

  • Thesis: Hybrid Eulerian-Lagrangian Vortex Particle Method for 2D Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.

  • Development of a high-performance numerical method in python with Cython and GPU acceleration.

  • Finite element method using FEnICS.

2008 - 2011

B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Minor: Wind Energy and Sustainability

  • Designing a multi-purpose autonomous aerial monitoring aircraft.

Experience

May 2015 - Present

Scientific Assistant
ETH Zürich / Empa, Switzerland

  • Numerical and experimental research at Empa.

  • Neutron radiography at Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI).

  • Teaching assistant for Application of CFD in buildings.

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

Research Intern
Shell Global Solutions, Rijswijk, The Netherlands

  • Combustion research of natural gas in gas turbine.

Extracurricular activity

Sep 2011 - Aug 2012

Editor
Leonardo Times Magazine, Delft, The Netherlands

  • Responsible for current affairs section.

Sep 2009 - Jul 2010

Powertrain Engineer
TU Delft Formula Student Racing, Delft, The Netherlands

  • Design and production of the carbon-fiber intake system.

  • Winning team: 2010 Formula Student Germany Championship.

Computer skills

Programming

Python    C    C++    Matlab    Java

Tools

vim    Git    Bash    Docker    Latex

Embedded systems

Arduino    Raspberry PI

Web development

HTML    CSS

OS

Linux    Mac    Windows

Applications

    CFD

OpenFOAM    FEniCS    Fluent

CAD

CATIA

Graphics

Blender    Photoshop    Illustrator   

Languages

English    German

Awards

  • Young Researcher Best Research Award at 4th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island, May 2016, Singapore.

  • Outstanding Oral Presentation at 13th Symposium on Urban Environment, Jan 2017, Seattle, US.

Reference

Available upon request

 
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Photography Portfolio

 
 
 
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