Master’s Student, Aerospace Engineering Department
Atulya Kumar received his Bachelors of Technology (B Tech) in Mechanical Engineering from the Amrita School of Technology Science in 2016. After graduation, he served as a project engineer at the Laboratory for Hypersonics and Shock Wave Research at the Indian Institute of Science working on gas dynamics of combustion driven shock tubes. Having arrived at Texas A&M in June 2019, Atulya is currently a master’s student at LDPDL studying the interaction of laser-generated plasmas with small particles and droplets with applications to diagnostics, remote sensing, combustion ignition, mixing and flame-holding. For this work, Atulya has constructed and operated an electrodynamic balance (EDB), allowing electrical levitation of single metal and dielectric particles and droplets of water and hydrocarbon fuels. High speed microscopy, spectroscopy and advanced laser diagnostics are applied towards quantitative understanding of the multi-phase interaction with high spatiotemporal resolution.