Venkat Athmanathan

Venkat Athmanathan

Research Scientist, Zucrow Labs

500 Allison Road
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2014

Office: Zucrow Labs ZL3, Room 110

Other: +1 756 637 8749


  • B.E. Aeronautical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India (2015)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, USA (2018)
  • Ph.D. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, USA (2021)

Research Interests

  • Physics of advanced propulsion concepts including Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs), Rotating Detonation Rocket Engines (RDREs) and Scramjets.
  • Laser Diagnostics for high-pressure combustion systems (PLIF, CARS, TP-LIF, PIV, Molecular Tagging)
  • Optical Diagnostics Development for applied thermal environments including gas-turbines, rockets, RDEs, RDREs.
  • Alternative Fuels and Combustion Concepts for Gas Turbine Engines (Hydrogen and Ammonia).