Rafath Alikkal


Rafath Alikkal

Rafath hails from Kerala, a tropical state in Southern India. From a young age, he showed much interest in the field of Physics and Mathematics which eventually brought him to the domain of Aerospace Engineering. He completed his Bachelor’s from Visvesvarayah Technological University and went on to pursue Master’s degree from IIT Bombay. He graduated with a specialization in Aerodynamics. His Master’s thesis was in the “Modeling and Simulation of Plasma Actuators”. He utilized an open source API, OpenFOAM, to generate the numerical simulations. With this work, he was better able to study the effectiveness of an active flow control device. His craving for knowledge has brought him to the exciting area of life sciences. During his tenure at IITB-Monash Research Academy, Rafath will be researching the role of flow physics in micro-cellular entities. His project is titled “Modeling and simulations of propulsion and swimming in microorganisms”. He will be guided by Prof. Sameer Jadhav from IIT Bombay as well as by Prof. Prabhakar Ranganathan from Monash University.
Apart from research, he endeavors upon writing short stories and poems. Also, he is a polyglot.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0733