Olivier Desjardins

Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Upson Hall, Room 305


Dr. Desjardins joined the Cornell MAE faculty in July 2011. Prior to that, he was on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from ENSAE (Supaero) in Toulouse, France, in 2004. The same year, he received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, then in 2008 he obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2014 to work on turbulence modeling around liquid-gas interfaces, and he was presented with the Junior Award from the International Conference on Multiphase Flow in 2016.

Research Interests

Dr. Desjardins' research focuses on large-scale numerical modeling of turbulent reacting multiphase flows with industrial application. Using world-class parallel computers, his group develops numerical methods and models to investigate the multi-scale and multi-physics fluid mechanics problems that arise in a range of engineering devices, such as combustors or biomass reactors.

High-fidelity computational techniques such as large-eddy simulations and direct numerical simulations are at the heart of Dr. Desjardins' research. By enabling the exploration of complex non-linear flow physics from first principles, these techniques have the potential to guide the development of highly optimized energy and propulsion systems.

Teaching Interests

Fluid dynamics, Turbulence, Multiphase flows, Computational fluid dynamics

Selected Publications

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Research Excellence Award (College of Engineering, Cornell University) 2020
  • Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Teaching Award (College of Engineering, Cornell University) 2016
  • Junior Award (recognizes outstanding achievements and influential contributions in multiphase flow research by a researcher younger than 40 years) (International Conference on Multiphase Flow) 2016
  • CAREER Award (National Science Foundation) 2014
  • Distinguished Paper Award (33rd International Symposium on Combustion) 2010
  • Outstanding Graduate Education Award (Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.) 2008


  • M.Sc. (Aeronautics & Astronautics), SUPAERO, 2003
  • M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 2003
  • Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 2008