Dr. Santanu Mitra | Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Santanu
Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering (SoE)
Block-C, Shiv Nadar University
Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
Profile Summary 

Dr. Santanu Mitra is presently working as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and he served as Department Head for six years from 2015 to 2020. He is one of the researchers responsible for the development of strategic energy harvesting techniques and bio-inspired design areas in the country. Dr. Mitra has obtained his Ph.D. from Aerospace Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and has been actively engaged in teaching and research in bioinspiration & biomimetics, and computational fluid dynamics since 2000. In the recent past, he was associated with the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech (2011 - 2013) and National University of Singapore (2008 to 2011). He has many years of research experience in bioinspired FSI analysis, fluid oscillation inside flexible boundaries of the various geometrical cavity, flow-induced vibration, acoustic compressible flow, and developing fast stable numerical solvers. Dr. Mitra has been associated with reputed publications in top-tier journals. His current research interests include bioinspiration and biomimetic robotics, computational methods, and sustainable energy engineering & technology.

Educational Qualifications 
Virginia Tech, USA
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
Regional Engineering College Durgapur, India
Government Engineering College Jalpaiguri, India
Work Experience 
Mechanical Engineering Department, Shiv Nadar Institute of Eminence, Delhi-NCR
I currently work here
Associate Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR
Head of Department,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR (6 Years)
Teaching Fellow,
BMDL, Mechanical Engineering Department, Virginia Tech,
Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Mechanical Engineering Department, Virginia Tech,
Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Mechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore,
Senior Project Officer,
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
Aerospace Engineering Department
Junior Project Officer,
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
Aerospace Engineering Department
Visiting Faculty,
RCC Jadavpur University Campus,
Setech (India),
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Biomimetic Robotics,
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle,
Sustainable Energy Engineering.


Awards and Recognition (Selected)

  • Invited for expert talk at several conferences/institutes of international repute.
  • Qualified in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) India
  • Senior Life Member of Aeronautical Society of India.
  • Post Graduate Scholar 2005, CL, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.                                               
  • Invited for the Board Membership of “Open Numerical Methods International Journal”.
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Modern Engineering and Technology
  • Won several School Day prizes for standing amongst the top three ranks of the class in scholastic achievements.

Scholarly Activity

Nishant Mishra; Anand Sagar Gupta; Jishnav Dawar; Alok Kumar; Santanu Mitra. J.Energy Resour. Technol. ASME 2018; 140(12):121201-121201-7. (IF - 3.18)


RV Bethi, P. Laws, P. Kumar, S. Mitra, (2018) "Modified Savonius wind turbine for harvesting wind energy from trains moving in tunnels" Renewable Energy Journal, Elsevier Volume 135, pages 1056-1063 (2019) (Impact Factor - 8.6).


P. Laws, RV Bethi, P. Kumar, S. Mitra (2018), "Improved Design of Savonius Rotor for Green Energy Production from Moving SMRT Train inside Tunnel" Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 095440621878462, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1177/0954406218784620. IF -1.8


Praveen LG, Basina Aditya, Rajagopal V. Bethi, Santanu Mitra (2017), “Parametric Sensitivity Analysis of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol - 6, No. 5, pp 385-390.

Praveen Laws, Rajagopal Vinodh Bethi, Nishant Mishra, Santanu Mitra (2017) “Two-dimensional unsteady flow calculations of five-bladed vertical axis wind turbine” 8th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM 2017), July 25-29th, Guilin, China.

P. Kumar, N. Mishra, P. Laws, S. Mitra (2016) “Development of Integrated Fluid-Solid Interaction Models for Parametric Aeroelastic Analysis” Accepted 8th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM 2016), August 1-4, Berkeley, USA

S. Mitra et al. (2013), Journal of Hydrodynamics, Ser B, Volume 25, No. 3, pp- 348-361.

Mitra S. et al. (2012), 65th American Physical Society -Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting 2012, November 18-20, San Diego, California.

Mitra S, et al. (2012), OE Journal, Elsevier, 39 1-13. Impact factor – 4.4

Mitra S. et al. (2012), 7th Annual Energy Harvesting Workshop and 2nd Annual CEHMS Conference, August 7-8, 2012, 310 ICTAS, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA.

Mitra S, et al. (2012), JMST Springer, 17, pp: 139-153. Impact factor – 1.8

S. Mitra et al. (2010), International Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Research, Volume 37, No.-4, pp 359-381.

S. Mitra et al. (2008), Finite Element in Analysis and Design, Vol. 45/1, pp 52-59. Impact factor ~ 3.0

S. Mitra, et al. (2008), International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids Vol - 56/9, pp-1625-1651. Impact Factor – 2.11

S. Mitra et al. (2007), Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 304, i1-2, pp-361-381. Impact factor – 4.8


Santanu Mitra et al., (2006), Annals of Nuclear Energy, Elsevier Science, Vol. 33, i8, pp- 692-699. Impact factor – 1.5


> D. Vasudevan, S. Gaggar, P. Kumar and S. Mitra, (2020) “Application of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics for the Simulation and Analysis of Vibratory Finishing Process,” International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, In press, IF-3.22

> D. Vasudevan, S. Gaggar, P. Kumar, S.W.Y. Ming and S. Mitra, (2019) “Simulation and analysis of Stream Finishing processes using Computational Fluid Dynamics methods,” Accepted for presentation in International Conference on Computational Methods, MBS Singapore, July 9-13, 2019.

> R Maguram, A Kumar, S. Mitra (2019) “An OpenFOAM implementation of immersed boundary method to simulate fluid-solid interaction problems”, 10th International Conference on Computational Methods, ICCM 2019 Singapore, July 9-13, 2019

P. Laws, J Saini, A. Kumar, S. Mitra (2019), "Improvement in Savonius wind turbines efficiency by modification of blade designs - A numerical study" ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pages 1-15, Published online November 18, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045476 (I.F. ~ 3.18)


Laws Praveen, Ajit Kumar, Santanu Mitra. “ An improved numerical study towards harvesting power from train slipstream using savonius rotor”, ASME: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers : Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Accepted for publication, (Impact Factor ~ 3.18)


Nishant Mishra, Apurva Jain, Anijith Nair, Bhavook Khanna, Santanu Mitra (2020), "Numerical and Experimental Investigations on a Dimpled Savonius Vertical Axis Wind Turbine" Accepted for publication in  International Journal of Renewable Energy Research


P. Rawat T. MisraS. MitraA. Sinha, "Designing of an Amphibian Hexapod with Computer Vision for Rescue Operations", IEEE Xplore: 4th June 2020, DOI: 10.1109/ICCAR49639.2020.9108039, IEEE. 


Sarvapriya Singh, Santanu Mitra, Siddharth Suman, Manish Kumar (2021), “Thermal performance evaluation of a solar air heater with rotating turbulators” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessment, Volume 48, December 2021, 101647. (IF – 7.6)


A Kumar, M. Kothari, S. Mitra (2021) “A Novel Inverse Kinematics Based Control Architecture for Multi-Legged Robots”, International Journal of Robotics and Automation Technology, Vol- 8, 2021.


Rakesh Rayapureddi, Santanu Mitra, (2021)Novel Hydrodynamic Analysis Towards Capabilities Improvement of Bio‑inspired Underwater Vehicles Using Momentum Redistribution MethodJournal of Bionic Engineering, Springer December 2021, 19:314–330. (IF- 3)


Rajagopal V, Santanu Mitra, Pankaj Kumar, (2021), “An OpenFOAM based study of Savonius turbine arrays in tunnels for power maximization”, Renewable Energy, Volume 179, December 2021, Pages 1345-1359, Impact Factor – 8.6


Parthsarthi Rawat, Tanay Misra, Khin Phone May, Marcelo H Ang Jr, Raye Chen-Hua Yeow and Santanu Mitra, “A Viscosity Gradient Approach to Achieve Dexterity in Soft Pneumatic Actuators” Paper accepted for publication and presentation in 16th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS 16), Singapore, 21-25 June 2021


Sarvapriya Singh, Siddharth Suman, Santanu Mitra, Manish Kumar, (2022) “Hybrid CFD-ANN approach to predict the thermo-hydraulic performance of a solar air heater with artificial roughness” Under review, Renewable Energy, Impact factor - 8.6


Rohit Goyal, Santanu Mitra (2022), A Brief Overview of Bioinspired Robust Hydrogel Based Shape Morphing Functional Structure for Biomedical Soft Robotics, Frontier Materials, published:12 April 2022, doi: 10.3389/fmats.2022.837923, (IF- 3.4),


Sarvapriya Singh, Siddharth Suman, Santanu Mitra, Manish Kumar (2022), Solar air heater with rotating circular ribs: hybrid CFD-ANN approach for prediction of thermo-hydraulic performance. Accepted for publication in Energy Reports Elsevier. (IF – 5)


Sarvapriya Singh, Siddharth Suman, Santanu Mitra, Manish Kumar (2022), ANN model for prediction of thermo-hydraulic performance of a solar air heater with vertical cylindrical ribs. Accepted for publication in Energy Reports Elsevier. (IF – 5)


Sarvapriya Singh, Siddharth Suman, Santanu Mitra, Manish Kumar (2022), Optimization of novel staggered ribs configuration for enhancement of solar air heater performance using CFD simulation, Under review, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, (IF- 16.7)

Books & Book Chapters


Punit Prakash, Nishant Mishra, Santanu Mitra, "Computational Analysis of symmetric and cambered blade Darrieus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Bio-Mimicked leading-edge modifications" Accepted in the upcoming Book "Applications of Nature-Inspired Computing in Renewable Energy Systems", IGI Global Publication 2021.


Punit Prakash, Nishant Mishra, Santanu Mitra, "Numerical and Experimental Investigations on a Bio-inspired Design of Darrieus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blades with Leading Edge Tubercles" Published in Book "Applications of Nature-Inspired Computing in Renewable Energy Systems", IGI Global Publication, December 2021. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8561-0.ch010


Sarvapriya Singh, Mokshaa Sharma, Santanu Mitra, Manish Kumar, "Numerical analysis of solar air heater roughened with discontinuous transverse trapezoidal ribs" Accepted for publication in Book titled "Renewable Energy: Accelerating the Energy Transition", Springer.


Sponsored Research Projects:

1. Design and Development of Bio-inspired UUVs - A Computational Approach, NAVAL RESEARCH BOARD, MARINE SYSTEMS PANEL, DRDO, 2018-2020, INR - 14 LAKH, Status - Completed.


2.  The Development, Testing and Performance Analysis of Batoid-Inspired Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, Sponsoring Agency - NRB Marine Systems Panel, DRDO, Budget - 19 Lakh, 2021-2024, Status - Ongoing


Industrial Consultancy Project:

Dual Axis Solar Tracking with ASUN Solar Power Private Limited, New Delhi. Acted as Co-Investigator