Women Physics Award from American Physics Society (APS) to Kiran Bhaganagar, University of Texas at San Antonio
Kiran Bhaganagar, an associate professor and Chair of Graduate Student Committee in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has made original contributions of applying the concepts of turbulence to study complex problems of wind turbines, atmospheric pollution, and chemical warfare agents. Currently, she is working on novel direction of integrating unmanned aerial vehicles in improving turbulence model predictions for atmospheric flows. Her work is a major step towards using mobile sensing framework for improved forecasting of the atmosphere, which is critical for wind energy, atmospheric pollution issues, and health. Bhaganagar teaches courses in numerical methods, fluid dynamics, turbulence and computational fluid dynamics, and takes an active role in training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.