Saikat Basu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

South Dakota State University


Welcome to Basu Research Group's webpage. We are housed at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota State University.

The group leverages tools from theoretical and computational fluid mechanics to explore interdisciplinary questions. Long-term goal of our research program is to help make computational modeling available as a planning tool for surgeons and clinicians while treating flow-based pathologies. Our work connects applied mathematics and biomathematical modeling, with translational applications in healthcare. Our research revolves around the following tracks -

Track 1: mechanistic transport of topical drugs via physiologic flows,

Track 2: flow physics nuances such as thermal flux and vortices, in the context of clinical transport.

Amongst other topics, we have ongoing projects in the area of vortex wake dynamics, with applications such as flow-induced clean energy innovations

To validate the reliability of our computational and theoretical models, we frequently collaborate with other experimental groups.

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Academic Positions

  • 01/2019 - Present: Assistant Professor, tenure-track at SDSU
  • 04/2016 - 12/2018: Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Faculty at UNC Chapel Hill
  • 06/2014 - 03/2016: Postdoctoral Scholar at OIST, Japan
  • 08/2009 - 05/2014: Graduate Assistant at Virginia Tech

Prof. Basu additionally currently holds a Visiting Scholar appointment with UNC Chapel Hill.


Open Positions: We are looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students! If the group's research areas align with your general interests, email Prof. Basu (at with your CV and a brief outline of your prior research experience, if any.


Crothers Engineering Hall 241Department of Mechanical EngineeringSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookings, SD 57007, United States
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Office Phone: 605 688-6868Fax: 605 688-5878Skype ID: basu.saikat85

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