Dr Priyanka Dhopade

BEng, MEng, PhD

Biography

Priyanka Dhopade joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a lecturer in thermofluids in July 2020. Her research expertise is in aerospace thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Previously, she held a senior research position at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute based at the University of Oxford from 2013-2020, where she developed computational models for cooling systems in modern jet engines, in collaboration with industry and academia, investigating:

  • Turbine and compressor tip clearance control
  • Turbine internal cooling
  • Compressor-combustor-turbine interaction
  • Active flow control for gas turbines

She completed her PhD (2010-2013) at UNSW Canberra on aeromechanical modelling of rotating fan blades to investigate high-cycle and low-cycle fatigue interaction. She also leads and contributes to various initiatives to promote diversity in STEM, including the Women in Engineering network at University of Oxford (2014-2020)

Research | Current

Currently looking to collaborate on research related to:

Aerospace:

  • propulsion systems
  • hypersonic flight (re-entry aerothermodynamics)
  • thermal systems 

Turbomachinery:

  • UAV flight
  • micro gas turbines

Sustainable Engineering:

  • working with Māori to develop mātauranga Māori-led engineering solutions 

Equity:

  • increasing representation of gender and racial minorities in engineering
  • understanding systemic barriers to recruitment, promotion and retention of minorities in engineering 

Please get in touch if you are interested.

Teaching | Current

Lecturing:

  • MECHENG 311: Thermal Engineering 

Tutoring:

  • MECHENG 211: Thermofluids
  • MECHENG 236: Design and Manufacture 2

Areas of expertise

  • thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics
  • aerospace propulsion
  • turbomachinery
  • gas turbines

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Visiting Research Fellow (2020-present) at the University of Oxford (Department of Engineering Science)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Dhopade, P. (2018). Women into Engineering: An interview with Priyanka Dhopade. Cogent Engineering, 5 (1), 1-6. 10.1080/23311916.2018.1477448
  • Dann, A., Dhopade, P., Bacic, M., Ireland, P., & Lewis, L. (2017). Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Annular Casing Impingement Arrays for Faster Casing Response. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 139 (9), 092603-092603. 10.1115/1.4036061

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Primary office location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 5 - Bldg 405
Level 9, Room 971
5 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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