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K. Ravindra, Ph.D.


Courses Taught

He has taught graduate courses in fluid dynamics and aerospace structural analysis At the undergraduate level he has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Aeronautics & Astronautics, Flight Vehicle Design I, Flight Vehicle Design II, Mechanics of Solids, Introduction to Structural Design, Aerospace Structures I & II, Machine Design, Aerodynamics Laboratory, Stability and Control, Airplane Performance, Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics and General Aeronautics.


Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science
B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, India

Research Interests

  • Experimental fluid dynamics
  • Design

Publications and Media Placements

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
Reduction of Vertical Tail Buffet Response Using Active Control, R.M. Hauch, J.H. Jacobs and Crin Dima, K. Ravindra, Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 33, No. 3, May-June 1996.

S. Jayaram, L. Boyer, J. George, K. Ravindra, K. Mitchell, “Project-Based Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Course: A Model Rocket,”Acta Astronautica, AA 3670, 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2009.10.038

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers
Ravindra, K., Aerospace Structures Course Revisited, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Grapevine (Dallas/Ft. Worth Region), Texas. DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-979

Ravindra, K., Jacobs, J.H., Simple Criterion for Vortex Breakdown, AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference. DOI: 10.2514/6.1995-2311

Rhodes, J.A., Ravindra, K., Friedmann, D.M., CFD Drag Predictions For a Wide Body Transport Fuselage with Flight Test Verification, AIAA-93-3418-CP. 11th Applied Aerodynamics Conference AIAA-93-3418-CP, August 1993. DOI: 10.2514/6.1993-3418 Development of a Sophomore Manufacturing Laboratory Course to Streamline the Manufacturing Education within Mechanical Engineering.

Johnson, M., Ravindra, K., Andres, R.M., Comparative Study of the Elimination of the Wing Fuselage Junction Vortex by Boundary Layer Suction and Blowing, Volume 10 of 32nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting & Exhibit: January 10-13, 1994, Reno, NV.

Ravindra, K., Jacobs, J.H., Vortex parameter Characterization for Buffet Applications, 33rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 95-0655, January 9-12, 1995, Reno, NV. DOI: 10.2514/6.1995-655.

Manor, D., Ravindra, K., Applied Aerodynamic Education at Parks College of Saint Louis University, AIAA-92-2660-CP. Ravindra, K., “Preliminary Identification of Buffet Problems in High Speed Civil Transport,” NASA-ASEE Summer Fellowship Report, August 1994.

Ravindra, K., and Parkin, B.R., Unsteady Gaseous Diffusion Associated With a Fully Cavitating Oscillating Flat-Plate Hydrofoil, Presented at the 22nd American Towing Tank Conference, St. Johns, Canada, August 1989. Also published in the Journal of Fluids Engineering, 113(2), pp. 290-294, June 1991. DOI: 10.1115/1.2909494.

Ravindra, K., “Experimental Investigation of the Behavior of Cavities Behind a Wedge Oscillating in Pitch”, Presented at the International Conference on Mechanics of Two Phase Flows at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, June 1989.

Parkin, B.R. and Ravindra, K.,“Convective Gaseous Diffusion in Steady Axisymmetric Cavity Flows,” Journal of Fluids Engineering, 113(2), pp.285-289, June 1991. DOI: 10.1115/1.2909493

In Proceedings
Ravindra, K., Waide, J., “From Parks Air College to Parks College of Engineering & Aviation: 75 years of legacy in Aerospace Engineering,” Presented at the 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Jan 2004. Also published in Aerospace Engineering Education During the First century of Flight, Edited by Barnes McCormick, Conrad Newberry and Eric Jumper, AIAA June 2004.

Conference Posters
S. Jayaram, M. Swartwout, K. Ravindra, “Hands-on, CubeSat-Oriented Space Systems Engineering Education at Saint Louis University” presented at 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, July 2012, India

Honors and Awards

Ravindra received the Student Government Faculty Excellence Award in Spring 2006 and the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2003—an honor conferred by the Association of Parks College Students.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Ravindra is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Member of ASEE. He was honored as an Associate Member of SIGMA XI, The Scientific Research Society, a Member of TAU BETA PI, The Engineering Honor Society, a Member of PHI KAPPA PHI, The Honor Society and an Honorary member of ALPHA ETA RHO.

Community Work and Service

Ravindra has been with Parks since 1987, when he joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He also served as the department chair of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Parks College from 1996-2009, and as associate dean and interim chair during 2009-2010. In July 2010, Ravindra served as the interim dean until June 2012. Prior to teaching at SLU, he was an assistant professor of aeronautics at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York.