Professor Perumal Nithiarasu

Personal Chair, Civil Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513267
Office - A_107
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Perumal Nithiarasu (PN) is Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Innovation and Impact within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Swansea University. Previously, PN served as Dean, Academic Leadership (2015-2021), Deputy Head of Engineering (2018-2021) and Head of Zienkewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (2013-2018). PN has also served in several SU committees including HR Research Working Group as a chair leading the HR excellence award submission and REF14 impact and appeal committees as a member.  PN has proposed and implemented a public lecture named after the father of the finite element method, Professor O.C. Zienkiewicz. This lecture strengthened Swansea's relationship with many societies including LSW, SWIEET, RAEng and IACM.

A Mechanical Engineer by training, PN has extensive experience in teaching various disciplines. PN’s research areas of interest include computational fluid dynamics/biomedical engineering and recently AI. He has been working in these areas for more than 25 years and has published a large number of articles and books. Well known internationally for his work, PN was awarded the Zienkiewicz silver medal of ICE London in 2002, ECCOMAS Young Investigator award in 2004 and the prestigious EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 2006. The group led by PN currently consists of 10 academic staff, more than 20 post-docs and research students. PN currently co-chairs 2 international conferences, including the well-known Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering series (CMBE series, founded by PN. PN is the founding editor in chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, published by Wiley-Blackwell. PN was elected to the fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2018.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Computational engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Digital Twin
  • Blood flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Finite element method
  • Artificial Intelligence

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Finite Element Method

Mechanical Engineering

Research Award Highlights Collaborations

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