Roy P. Koomullil

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Hoehn Engineering Building 320
(205) 934-0832

Research and Teaching Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Numerical Methods, and Biomedical Flow Simulation

Office Hours: By appointment

  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University, Aerospace/Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Dr. Koomullil received his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1997. Before joining UAB, he served as an Assistant Research Professor at the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) at MSU and as Berkeley Research Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. He has over 20 years of experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), moving body simulations, pollutant transport simulations, overset mesh technology, and biomedical flow modeling. He has taught various courses in fluid mechanics, CFD, computer aided engineering, and numerical methods.

In administrative roles, he has served as the Undergraduate Program Director, Graduate Program Director, and Mechanical Engineering Honors Program Director. Dr. Koomullil has received several research projects from various government agencies (such as NASA, DoD, and NIH) and industry, and published articles in leading academic journals. He has also served as reviewer for prestigious journal such as AIAA Journal and served as an Editor of special edition of Electronic Journal of Differential Equations.

Recent Courses

  • ME 321: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 411/511: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 421/521: CFD Basics
  • ME 665: Computational Methods in Engineering
  • EGR 710: Introduction to Inter-disciplinary Engineering
  • EGR 711: Research Methods in Inter-disciplinary Engineering

Select Publications

  • "Incremental approach for radial basis functions mesh deformation with greedy algorithm." Journal of Computational Physics. 340:556-574. (2017)
  • "Computational and Experimental Analysis of Fluid Transport Through Three-Dimensional Collagen–Matrigel Hydrogels." Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 45:1027-1038. (2017)
  • "Assessment of surgical effects on patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome using computational fluid dynamics simulations." Mathematics and Computers in Simulation. 106:44-59. (2014)
  • "Computational fluid dynamic analysis of the posterior airway space after maxillomandibular advancement for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome." Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 71:1397-1405. (2013)
  • "Finite volume method for non-equilibrium radiative heat transfer." International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 65:670-681. (2013)
  • "Assessment of surgical effects on patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome using computational fluid dynamics simulations." Mathematics and Computers in Simulation. (2013)
  • "Patient-specific geometry modeling and mesh generation for simulating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome cases by Maxillomandibular Advancement." Mathematics and Computers in Simulation. 81:1876-1891. (2011)
  • "Solution of radiative boundary design problems using a combined optimization technique."Numerical Heat Transfer Part B-Fundamentals. 57:348-371. (2010)

Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

  • Senior Member of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Recipient of the Air Vehicle (VA) Summer Faculty Fellowship, Wright Patterson Air Force Base Dayton, OH (2004 and 2005)
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, 2007 (61st) Edition
  • Air India Award for the student with the best academic record in M. Tech., Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras for the period of 1990-1992.

Student Groups

  • Faculty advisor for PI TAU SIGMA (International Honor Society for Mechanical Engineers)