DR Bishakhdatta Gayen

DR Bishakhdatta Gayen


  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Physical Oceanography



  • Bishakhdatta is an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. 


    He received a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India in 2006, and an M.S. degree in Engineering Science, majoring in Fluid Mechanics, from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, in 2007. He was then awarded a University of California Graduate Fellowship to pursue his doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego. He received an M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) from UCSD and was awarded the Andreas Acrivos Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Fluid Dynamics from the American Physical Society. In 2012 he moved to Australia to pursue his postdoctoral research at the Australian National University. He was a Discovery Early Career Fellow (the Australian Research Council) from 2013-2016 and RJL Hawke Fellow (the Australian Antarctic Science) from 2017-2018 at ANU before joining the University of Melbourne in 2019.

    Research Overview

    Bishakh's research interest and experience lie in the areas of geophysical fluid dynamics, physical oceanography and computational fluid dynamics. He has expertise in designing and developing cutting-edge computer code using finite-difference and spectral methods to model geophysical and environmental flows. His current research interests are nonlinear internal waves in the ocean, turbulent convection, modelling of Antarctic ice melting and the Southern Ocean dynamics. For more information regarding his research area and ongoing projects see

    Dr. Gayen's personal webpage




Member of

  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Member 2015 -
  • American Geophysical Union. Member 2010 -
  • American Physical Society. Member 2008 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of San Diego 2012
  • Masters, University of California - San Diego 2010
  • MSEngg, 2007

Awards and honors

  • Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2018
  • RJL Hawke Fellowship, Australian Antarctic Science, 2017
  • The Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in recognition of original doctoral thesis work of outstanding quality and achievement in the area of fluid dyn, American Physical Society, 2013
  • Discovery Early Career Award, Australian Research Council, 2013
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of California San Diego, 2011
  • Graduate research Fellowship from University of California, University of California, 2007


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am looking for potential applications from motivated PhD and Masters students with an interest in fluid dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Applicants with expertise or interest in simulation or theoretical studies with Physics, engineering and applied mathematics background are all welcome to apply or can email at bishakhdatta.gayen@unimelb.edu.au