Senior Scientist

Prof. Tandon uses his knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Physical Oceanography to address a myriad of 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. 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.

Current Members

Ph.D. Fellow at UMass Dartmouth (School of Marine Sciences and Technology).  Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Sid is currently working on the MISO-BoB project, tracking drifters released in the Bay of Bengal deployed during various field programs and unravel interesting science out of it. He is particularly interested in air-sea interaction processes.

Ph.D. Fellow at UMass Dartmouth (Engineering and Applied Science).  He is currently working on the NISKINe project studying the interaction of Near-Inertial waves with baroclinic eddy fields. He is also interested in biophysical processes, working with prof. Amala Mahadevan (WHOI) investigating the role of the eddy-driven submesoscale restratification on phytoplankton blooms.

Ph.D. Candidate at UMass Dartmouth – University of São Paulo dual-degree program (School of Marine Sciences and Technology).  He is currently working on understanding the turbulent mixing across the density surfaces, which can bring nutrient-rich waters from the subsurface to the upper sunlit layer of the ocean, therefore, modulating the primary productivity in an oligotrophic ocean.

Ph.D. Student at UMassD – University of São Paulo dual-degree program. Filipe is currently working on the dynamics of a coastal upwelling front off SE Brazil in a submesoscale sense, its interaction with the meanders of the Brazil Current, and the biological effects of these phenomena on the planktonic dynamics of the region.

Ph.D. Candidate at the University of São Paulo co-advised by prof. Amit Tandon.  He is currently working on understanding the submesoscale processes resulting from the interaction between the Brazil Current and the Vitória-Trindade Ridge (Western South Atlantic).

Current research associate member of the Upper Ocean’s Research lab and enrolled in the accelerated BS/MS program in Mechanical Engineering at UMassD with a thesis focused on developing and deploying the second generation of Aurelia floats. Aurelia v2 is an ultra-lightweight variable buoyancy device that uses environmental fluids to change density in order to achieve depth and is capable of sonobuoy style deployment.

Shikha Singh is a Scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology Pune, India. She is PhD scholar at IIT Bombay with Prof Sridhar Balasubramanian. She is visiting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as a Fulbright Scholar and is working with Prof Amit Tandon on ‘parameterizing upper ocean mixing processes in models’.

Alan is a Mechanical Engineering undergrad student at UMass Dartmouth and recently joined prof. Tandon’s lab.

Past Members


He worked as a Postdoc and Research Assistant Professor. Currently, he is an Assistant Research Scientist at Texas A&M University. Research topics: Oceanic Submesoscale processes, frontal air-sea interaction, boundary layer turbulence, large-eddy simulation

Former doctoral student in the Engineering and Applied Sciences Program at UMass Dartmouth. He worked on Ocean Currents from Satellites, Inter-comparison of Air-Sea Fluxes, and the Ocean Response to Atmospheric Cold Pools in the Indian Ocean. He was associated with the ASIRI and the MISO-BoB projects, both funded by ONR.

Former postdoctoral fellow. By studying the coupling between mesoscale and submesoscale processes subject to high-frequency air-sea fluxes, he investigated how these processes contribute to phytoplankton productivity in the subpolar oceans in different seasons. Currently working as a Hydraulic Engineer at ALDEN (Colorado).

Former postdoctoral fellow. Currently faculty member at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

Former doctoral student. Currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of the Virgin Islands.

Former doctoral student. Currently working as a Research Scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Cesar B. Rocha is currently a WHOI postdoctoral scholar who works on a number of topics in ocean dynamics using theory, observations, and computer simulations. Among other things, Rocha is currently leading the Saildrone efforts in the Submesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment (S-MODE). Cesar worked in prof. Tandon’s group as a visiting scholar during his masters in Physical Oceanography at the University of São Paulo.

Brian Mingels (MSME, BSME, REU)

Josh Tombs (MSEE/BSEE, ECE)

Peter Khoury (MSME)

Guido Rosa from USP Brazil.

Eric Holmes, Danielle Tinkham (MS Physics)

Dr. Liuzhi Zhao, Postdoc.

Past REUs: Honors Thesis Jason Vaccaro (now at NUWC), Samuel Fillettaz-Domingues(BSME), Nevin Miller, John Bui, Dr. Jason Olejarz.