Akshat Agarwal

Research Assistant


I come from the U.K. and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, focusing on topics in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Control Systems Engineering. My master’s research project involved developing a load alleviating mechanism for unsteady flow fluctuations in tidal turbines. This involved designing a wind tunnel experiment, using it to estimate changes in lift and drag, and finally implementing a CFD model to study the flow structures in more detail.


I am currently pursuing a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics. My first research area is in contrails, which are line shaped ice clouds that form at the back of aircraft engines. I am working on our in-house contrail model “CERM”, which captures the physical life-cycle of contrails from a set of flight and meteorological data. This research is sponsored by NASA.

My second research area is to conduct a state-of-the-art cost-benefit analysis for the FAA. This will help them assess the potential for a new particulate matter emissions’ standard that can reduce aviation’s air quality and climate impact over decades.


  • Contrails
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Thermofluids