Prof. Amit Tandon in the field

(From L-R ) Sid, Caue, Iury, Prof. Tandon, Jared, Patrick and Shikha: with the glorious East building of SMAST in the background on a beautiful Fall afternoon.






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1990-1992 Cornell University, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering,  1992

1987-1990 Cornell University, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1990

1983-1987, IIT Kanpur, India, B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering Class of 1987

Academic Appointments:

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:

September 2010-Present. Professor, College of Engineering, 2004- August 2010, Associate Professor with Tenure, 1999-2004, Assistant Professor. Joint faculty with School of Marine Sciences (SMS) University of Massachusetts (intercampus), 1999-Present; Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Director 2015-16; Affiliate Faculty SMAST 1999-Present.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:

2013-present Adjunct Scientist.

University of California, Santa Cruz:

January 1997 – June 1999. Assistant Researcher, Inst. for Nonlinear Sciences.

University of Victoria (UVic):

1992-1996,UCAR postdoctoral fellowships


Dr. Amit Tandon is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering, an affiliate professor in the School of Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Tandon also participates as an international collaborator in the research initiative Geophysical Flows Lab at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

After completing his PhD in 1992 in mechanical engineering, Tandon received two successive competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards, first in ocean modeling and then in climate system modeling from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (1992–94, 1994–96). He joined the University of California Santa Cruz (1996–98) as assistant research professor, and subsequently joined the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth, where he has been since 1999.

Tandon uses his knowledge of fluid mechanics and physical oceanography to address myriad problems involving mixing processes in the upper ocean. He uses analytical and numerical modeling to address the importance of mixing and mixed-layer processes for ocean circulation and climate. He has supervised and mentored MS and PhD students and postdoctoral scholars on oceanography and fluid mechanics projects. His research interests span from small-scale turbulence and oceanic mixed-layer processes to sub-mesoscale frontal gradients and mesoscale eddies and their role in setting up the large-scale balances in the ocean. Dr. Tandon’s peer-reviewed publications have appeared in Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Ocean Modelling, Oceanography, and Physica-D, among others. Tandon’s research efforts have been funded by multiple competitive National Science Foundation grants continuously since 1997, and by the Office of Naval Research since 2008.