Shyam Menon


Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

3290A Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803


Energy and Propulsion Laboratory Website


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2005
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, India, 2001

Employment History

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Oregon State University, December 2014 - July 2016
  • Combustion Energy Research Fellow, University of Southern California, September 2013 - November 2014
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, California Institute of Technology, December 2010 - August 2013

Research Goal

The focus of the Energy and Propulsion laboratory is on developing fundamental knowledge regarding physical, chemical, and fluid dynamic processes in combustion based applications with the ultimate aim of improving design, operation, efficiency and emissions. 

Research Overview

Our research is focused on energy with particular focus on combustion and fuels based applications. The driving interest is to develop fundamental knowledge regarding the various phenomena that occur in practical combustion based applications. A major focus is on engines for ground, air, and space transportation. We are interested in technologies that improve the performance of existing systems like internal combustion, gas turbine, and rocket engines as well as development of advanced propulsion systems for high speed aircraft such as ramjet and scramjet engines. We use both experimental and numerical methods in our research. Our facility has access to several advanced non-intrusive diagnostics including Phase Doppler Particle Anemometry, Laser Induced Fluorescence, and high speed imaging. We have access to the computational resources at LSU and at other supercomputing facilities.


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Selected Publications

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