Paul E. Dimotakis

Paul E. Dimotakis

John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Caltech, 1968; M.S., 1969; Ph.D., 1973. Research Fellow, 1973-74; Research Fellow and Lecturer, 1974-75; Assistant Professor, 1975-81; Associate Professor, 1981-85; Professor, 1986-95; Northrop Professor, 1995-; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chief Technologist, 2006-11.


Research Group Matters
Christine Ramirez
267 Guggenheim Lab
(626) 395-4750

Research Group Website » Personal Website »
Research Overview

Professor Dimotakis focuses on experimental and computational research on turbulent mixing and chemical reactions in subsonic and supersonic free-shear flows; hypersonic propulsion; mixing and the geometry of surfaces and interfaces in turbulence; scalar dispersion in turbulent flows; and related areas.

Space-Related Research

Recent space-related research has been in collaboration with JPL on remote sensing of the atmosphere from space and on the technical feasibility of an asteroid-return mission. Other space-related research has been on high-speed/hypersonic endoatmospheric flight and propulsion, and parachute dynamics for entry, descent, and landing, as well as physics and issues related to a Europa melt-probe to descend to the liquid-water layer.

List of Research Areas

Fluid physics, dynamics of turbulence, chemically reacting flows, combustion

GALCIT News about Paul E. Dimotakis
  • Caltech Undergraduates Receive Visionary Concept Award »
  • 2017 Caltech Space Challenge »
  • Professor Dimotakis Elected to the National Academy of Engineering »

  • Read more news about Paul E. Dimotakis »