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Dr. Meheboob Alam

Current Position:

Mailing Address:
Engineering Mechanics Unit
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Jakkur P.O.
Bangalore 560064, Karnataka
Voice: (+91)-80-2208-2801
Fax: (+91)-80-2208-2766/2767
Email: meheboob(AT)jncasr(dot)ac(dot)in


  • Educated in India
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineeering (1998, Indian Institute of Science)


On summit of ``Mount-Missen'' (Miyajima Island), Japan (June 2013)



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  • Professor (October 2012 --)
  • Associate Professor (May 2008 -- October 2012)
  • Assistant Professor (Feb 2003 -- May 2008)                                                                                        
  • Chairman, Computer Lab@JNCASR (June 2008-- June 2011)
  • Head, Max Planck Partner Group of MPIMM-Bremen (2007-2009)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (2001-2002, Department of Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Research Associate (1999-2000, Department of Chemical Engg, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  • Research Associate (1998-1999, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engg, University of California, San Diego, USA)

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of the basic principles of (classical and statistical) mechanics to understand the dynamics of complex fluids (e.g.  granular matter, suspensions of passive and active particles, etc.). The bulk of my research work is theoretical and computational in nature, centered around  (i) Kinetic Theory, (ii) Continuum Mechanics and (iii) Dynamical Systems and Bifurcation.  I also have  a laboratory where my students carry out table-top experiments on particulate and multiphase flows. The following broad topics are currently being investigated:

  • Granular Matter as Paradigm for Three States of Matter: Gas --> Liquid --> Jamming --> Solid
  • Non-Newtonian and Non-Fourier Rheology of Granular Fluid: Kinetic Theory and MD Simulation
  • Nonlinear Instability and Patterns: Ginzburg-Landau Equation, Resonance and Synchronization

  • Granular Rayleigh-Benard Convection: Experiments and Theory
  • Density-Stratified Flows and Mixing: PIV and PLIF Experiments
  • Electrokinetic Instabilites in Microscale Flows
  • Saturn's Rings



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Max-Planck Partner Group at JNCASR

AvH Association, Bangalore

Eagle's Nest, Bavarian Alps and Me (18 Sept 2010)

   Last modified date: 13-02-2019