Pooja Rao

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My research is focused on numerical heat transfer modeling in the thermal protection system materials during atmospheric reentry of the spacecraft. In the past, I have worked on developing high fidelity numerical algorithms for studying turbulent mixing in hydrodynamic instabilities (Richtmyer-Meshkov and Rayleigh-Taylor), which are of crucial importance in several applications such as inertial confinement fusion, supernova explosions, etc.

Being a computational scientist, high performance computing is an integral part of my day-to-day research activities. In my spare time, I enjoy reading about other areas of science and technology, and occasional stargazing with my newly acquired telescope. I am also interested in science education and outreach activities geared towards young adults.