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Bhuvana Srinivasan

Associate Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics

Research focus

Plasma-based space propulsion, fusion energy, high-energy-density plasmas, space and astrophysical plasmas, computational plasma and fluid dynamics


Ph.D. Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, 2010
M.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, 2006
B.S. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004

Bhuvana Srinivasan joins Aeronautics & Astronautics this fall from Virginia Tech, where she was an associate professor and director of the Plasma Dynamics Computational Laboratory.

In her research, Srinivasan explores plasma-material interactions and plasma instabilities to advance fusion and propulsion concepts. Her work deepens our understanding of fundamental plasma physics related to space and astrophysical plasmas and advances the possibility of plasma-based space propulsion. At the UW, she leads the PLASMAWISE laboratory, which focuses on plasma physics and its potential applications. Srinivasan has received research support from the NSF, DOE, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and several DOE national laboratories.