Georgia Institute of Technology

Faculty Profile

Dr. Narayanan Komerath

Narayanan M. Komerath


Office: Guggenheim 353
Phone: 404.894.3017


  • B.Tech, Aeronautical Engineering, 1978, Indian Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering (Propulsion), 1979, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering (Turbulent Combustion), 1982, Georgia Institute of Technology


Professor Komerath holds a B.Tech in aeronautical engineering from IIT Madras, M.S.AE in propulsion and Ph.D. AE in turbulent combustion diagnostics. He has 3 US Patents and more than 400 publications. He has guided 18 PhDs, of whom 4 have won GIT’s Outstanding PhD Thesis (top 1%) Award; 75 MS and 200+ undergraduate research projects; and served as project director for more than 100 externally sponsored projects. He has served as Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts, 2004 Boeing A.D. Welliver Faculty Fellow, 2005 Sam Nunn Senior Security Fellow and Hesburgh Teaching Fellow, and as a 2014 USAF Summer Faculty Fellow. He has chaired the ASEE’s AE division (2008-09) and the American Helicopter Society’s Aerodynamics Technical Committee (2014-15). He was awarded the 2016 ASEE/AIAA John Leland Atwood award for contributions to engineering education.  Professor Komerath has taught the introduction to aerospace engineering, aerospace fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and gas dynamics, propulsion, flow diagnostics and flow control courses. His research solves problems in experimental aerodynamics and flow diagnostics, micro renewable energy systems, advanced concept development and the cross-disciplinary learning strategies to solve such problems. He has participated in the Georgia Tech Center of Excellence in Rotary Wing Aircraft Systems since its inception in 1982.


Experimental Aerodynamics, Micro Renewable Energy Systems, Advanced Concepts.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts
  • Boeing A.D. Welliver Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2004
  • Senior Sam Nunn Security Fellow in the School of International Affairs, 2004-06
  • Most Valuable Professor in Aerospace Engineering, 1991
  • Leadership Award for Development of Graduate Research Assistants 1993
  • Sigma Xi 1993-94 Faculty Best Paper Award
  • Georgia Tech Award for Outstanding Ph.D.Thesis Advisor for the period 1992-97
  • Associate Fellow of the AIAA

Selected Publications

  • Gregory, J.W., Disotell, K.J., Peng, D., Juliano, T., Crafton, J., Inverse Methods for Deblurring PSP Images of Rotating Surfaces. AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 9, p. 2045-2061, 2014.
  • Raghav, V., Komerath, N., Velocity measurements on a retreating blade in dynamic stall. Experiments in Fluids, 55.2 (2014): 1-10.
  • Liberi, B., Pirau, S., Raghav, V.S, Komerath, N.M., Determination of Slung Load Divergence Speed. IMECE2014-38260, International Mechanical Engineering Congress& Exposition, November 16-20, 2014, Montreal, Canada.
  • Raghav, V., Komerath, N., Instability of the radial flow over a rotating disk in a separated edgewise stream. Physics of Fluids, 25.11 (2013): 111701.
  • Raghav, V., Mayo, M., Lozano, R., Komerath, N., Evidence of Vortex-Induced Lift on a Yawed Wing in Reverse Flow. Proc. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering (2013): 0954410013511597.
  • Dessanti, B., Komerath, N.M., Shah, S. Design of a Gigawatt Space Solar Power Satellite Using Optical Concentrator System. Proc. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, March 2013.

hpep lab

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Prof. Mitchell Walker in the High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab