Recognition and relevant positions

  • Platinum Jubilee Prize, Aerospace Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Science, 2017.

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (Division of Fluid Dynamics). Elected in 2013.

  • Mary Sears Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2012.

  • Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru. Elected in 2009.

  • Won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (Engineering Sciences), 2007.

  • Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad. Elected in 2004.

  • Freedom of the House, Kailash Hostel, IIT Delhi, 1984 (Best All-rounder).

  • Gave the 49th Convocation address as Guest of Honour, IIT Delhi. 2018.



  • Editorial Board member, Physical Review Fluids, 2016 to present.

  • Editorial Advisory Board member, Physics of Fluids, 2014-2015.

  • Editorial Board member, Pramana, 2015-2018.

  • Editorial Board member, Sadhana, 2013-2015.


Jury member

  • Fluid Dynamics Prize Committee member, American Physical Society, 2018, 2019.

  • Frenkiel Award Committee Member, American Physical Society, 2015 and 2016.

  • IUTAM (International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) Symposia Panel Member for Fluid Mechanics, 2017 onwards.

  • Jury member, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam HPC Awards, 2019.

  • Member Swarnajayati Committee (Engineering) 2015 and 2016.

National responsibilities

  • Chairman, Mechanical and Civil Engineering PAC (Programme Action Committee), Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology (DST) Government of India, 2016-2018.

  • Member, Sectional Committee, Engineering Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2016-2018.

  • Member of Faculty Selection Committees at Ashoka University, IISER Kolkata, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, IISER Bhopal and IIT Hyderabad.

  • Member of a Panel of Experts, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology (DST) Government of India. 2013-2014.

  • Member, Engineering Sciences Research Committee, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India. Several terms.

  • Member, Advisory Council of the Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Gandhinagar, 2019, and the Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Hyderabad, 2014.

  • Member, Indian National Committee for the Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics, INCOAF, several terms.

  • Member of the Second (2010) and Third (2012) UK-India Science and Innovation Councils. This council consisted of ministerial level meetings to decide on scientific cooperation between the two countries.

  • Senate Member of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, 2017 onwards.

  • Honorary Professor, Mathematics Department, University of Hyderabad, 2013-2014.


Recent Outreach, Women in Science

  • Appeared in a short movie by Google to encourage women to pursue STEM, 2018.

  • Featured in photo exhibition “Celebrating Indian Women in Science: An Incredible Journey” by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, March 2019.

  • Mentoring a woman student under Dr Reddy’s Foundation, since 2018.

  • Appeared in a calendar on Indian Women in Science,

  • Lecture to school children in the Seminar on Advances in Science & Technology, Rotary Club, Bengaluru, Jun 2018.

Organisation of International Meetings/ Conferences

  • IUTAM Symposium on Particles, Drops and Bubbles in Stratified Environments, 2020, Toulouse, on the scientific committee.

  • IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, 2019, London, on the scientific committee.

  • Air-Sea Interactions in the Bay of Bengal, February 2019, ICTS Bengaluru. Co-organiser.

  • Turbulence from Angstroms to Light Years, ICTS Bengaluru January 2018. Co-organiser.

  • IUTAM Symposium on Multiphase Flows with Phase Change, Hyderabad, December 2014. On the scientific Committee.

  • Perspectives in Nonlinear Dynamics (PNLD-V) A satellite meeting of STATPHYS-25, UoH-TIFR, Hyderabad, July 2013. One of the organisers.

  • Indo-European meeting on Instabilities in Shear Flows, Jan 2012, IIT Mumbai, one of the three organisers.

  • Indo-European meeting on Instabilities in Shear Flows, Jan 2011, 2010 and 2009, JNCASR Bengaluru and IIT Chennai, one of the two organisers (under the AIM Network).

  • Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, 2009, Stockholm, on the scientific committee.

  • IISc Mathematics Initiative Workshop and Conference on Turbulence and Nonlinear Dynamics, Bengaluru Jan-Feb 2008, one of the organisers.

  • Fluids Days, JNCASR Bengaluru Dec 2007 - Jan 2008, one of the organisers.

  • Sixth IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, 13-17 Dec 2004: chairman of the scientific and organising committees.

  • International Symposium for Advances in Fluid Mechanics, JNCASR Bengaluru 24-25 July 2003: one of the organisers.

  • SAROD-2003 Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics and Design of Aerospace Vehicles: one of the organisers.

  • Held an interactive session in the University of Edinburgh at the INSPIRE Summer School organised in association with the Engineering Development Trust, a nationwide education charity providing opportunities for young people, particularly girls, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), June 2018.
  • Addressing the Gender Gap in Physics, ICTS March 2018. Moderator.

  • Science while Female: First Anna Mani Gender Equity Lecture, Astronomical Society of India, NCRA Pune, April 2016.

  • Panelist in Tides 2016, A Summit of Women Leaders, NITK Surathkal, Sep 2016.

  • Co-taught an Introductory Physics course for Social Science Undergraduates at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Autumn 2015.

  • Lecture on Work-Life Balance, Ilensys Technologies, Hyderabad, October 2015.

  • Lecture on “How to write a science paper” in the University of Hyderabad. Mar 2015.

  • Panelist at the Women in Science Session, Dynamics Days Asia Pacific, IIT Madras, July 2014.

  • Speaker at “R& D initiatives for Women Scientists and Technologists’’ Engineering Staff College of India, Hyderabad February 2014. Advising women on how to stay relevant in research.