Dr Priyanka Dhopade

BEng, MEng, PhD


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.

Priyanka's current research focuses on sustainable engineering across thermofluids, environmental engineering and te ao Māori:

  • quantifying the environmental impact of space infrastructure
  • thermal measurement techniques for atmospheric re-entry 
  • working with iwi and hapū on renewable energy options for Māori housing
  • applying engineering tools to assess and improve inclusive culture in engineering environments

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:


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


  • UAV flight
  • micro gas turbines

Sustainable Engineering:

  • working with Māori to develop mātauranga Māori-led engineering solutions 
  • understanding the environmental impact of space infrastructure, specifically reusable launch vehicles


  • 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


  • MECHENG 211: Thermofluids
  • MECHENG 311: Thermal Engineering 
  • MECHENG 713: Energy Technology

Postgraduate supervision

Co-supervising PhD students:

  • (2019-2022) Investigation of noise produced from contra-rotating UAV propellers - R. Jung
  • (2020-2023) Swirl-stabilized Flame Macrostructures in Mesoscale Combustors - M. Wenceslao
  • (2021-2024) Transitional Behaviour of Natural Convection Boundary Layers - K. R. Maryada


  • 2012 Amelia Earhart Fellow;
    • If you are currently pursuing a PhD in aerospace engineering/related sciences and identify as a woman, please consider applying for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Feel free to contact me for mentorship with your application. 
  • 2017 UK's top 50 Women in Engineering 

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


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 971
New Zealand

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