The research in CCL employs many in-house codes that use advanced programming paradigms and therefore, all applicants are required to be very familiar with Fortran (F90, 95, 2003) and some C/C++.
Familiarity and Knowledge in Linux OS and Fortran Programming are required to be considered for graduate studies in CCL.
Experience working with commercial codes by just pushing buttons is not considered relevant although such an experience on top of proven programming skills would be.
Ability to do parallel programming would be considered a plus as well. Other relevant libraries/software we use are:
- MPI, OpenMP and other parallel software (e.g., GPU, Intel Phi)
Ability to work with these libraries and/or software and to write and debug large codes are strict requirements. Since these software may be unfamiliar to you an explicit and HONEST assessment of your ability is expected from all applicants if you contact CCL for admission and/or support.
Most of these software can be learned in CCL, but in order to be considered people applying for Ph.D. in CCL must enjoy analytical and numerical studies that not only require extensive programming on a regular basis but also working with such software.
General Areas of Research and Future Focus
CCL is focused primarily on computational modeling of turbulent combustion phenomenon as it occurs in gas turbines, rockets and scramjet engines. To a lesser degree there is some research focus on turbulent mixing and modeling but NOT on CFD. In all these effort we are focused on applications using Large-Eddy Simulation techniques and to a lesser extent on hybrid methods. We rarely do any research in Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics and conventional CFD turbulence modeling. If you are interested in these related areas you should apply to other faculty.
CCL team members are required to be self-motivated and willing to work on challenges that have not been attempted before and all are required to work in team programs, although each person will be individually tasked to meet his or her goals. Timeline to meet their respective goal will be strict.
CCL DOES NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING ADMISSION - this is dictated by two critical realities:
(a) Courses required for academics and PhD Quals begin in FALL and are typically 2 course sequence. PhD Qualifiers have to be completed in Fall of the following year.
(b) Funding assessment is not feasible in Oct-Nov since typically next year's support has not even be finalized
ONLY FALL Admissions are considered
Applicants are suggested to resubmit their resume and/or query in early 20XX (Jan-Feb) when funding and projects for Fall become clearer. No direct response will be provided till then.
CCL accepts student only for computational studies. Students with experimental research interest should contact other relevant faculty.
1. CCL typically accepts only PhD students and in Computational Combustion Area only - this includes Turbulent Combustion as well
2. PhD applicants must be admitted academically by GT Aerospace Engineering first to be considered in CCL.
3. Only PhD admitted students are considered for funding and applications are accepted only in Fall.
4. Students with already a MS are given higher priority but they have to show graduate caliber work and/or motivation.
5. Students with a BS are also accepted but only if they are planning to do a PhD.
6. Students wishing to do MS without thesis will not be considered for funding.
7. MS with thesis is possible but funding is very limited and secondary to PhD applicants.
8. CCL is in AE so all students will be getting degree in AE only. We do not support ME or CSE students.
9. PhD after MS ~ 4+ years and PhD after BS ~ 5+ years. These are "maximum" timelines.
10. Note: Funding is not guaranteed for the entire 4-5 years noted above.
11. Beyond the first year, support will depend upon performance assessment.
General Notes for Summer Training and Short Visits to CCL
In general applications from undergraduates for any University (in US or abroad) for summer visit will NOT be acknowledged since such visits are not feasible due to the nature of research in CCL. So general emails regarding this possibility should be avoided. They will be ignored.
If there are to be such a visit it will have to be properly defined and proposed by the student with his/her advisor's approval so that there is a proper measurable metrics. This is usually very rare events.