Researcher

Dr Methma Rajamuni

My Expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fluid-structure interaction of bluff bodies
  • Ember storm modelling
  • Optimization 

Fields of Research (FoR)

Mechanical engineering, Applied mathematics

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Biography

Dr Methma Rajamuni is a Research Scientist, Applied Mathematician, and Mechanical Engineer with expertise in computational fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, systems and control, and optimization. Her research interests are ember storm modelling, fluid-structure interaction, bluff-body aerodynamics, wake stability and control, numerical methods, bio-mathematics, bio-mechanics and environmental flows. Methma received her PhD in Engineering...view more

Dr Methma Rajamuni is a Research Scientist, Applied Mathematician, and Mechanical Engineer with expertise in computational fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, systems and control, and optimization. Her research interests are ember storm modelling, fluid-structure interaction, bluff-body aerodynamics, wake stability and control, numerical methods, bio-mathematics, bio-mechanics and environmental flows. Methma received her PhD in Engineering from Monash University, Australia and her MSc by research in Applied Mathematics from Texas Tech University, the USA.

She is a passionate tertiary lecturer in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, with more than 10 years of experience.


My Grants

  • In 2023, as the sole Chief Investigator (CI), I was awarded the competitive NCI Adaptor Allocation Grant, amounting to 250 KSU equivalent to $12K annual income, for the project titled "Effects of near-surface turbulence on ember storms in cleared areas near the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)".
  • In 2023, I received seed funding of $27K from UNSW Canberra for the project "A joint problem of robust and resilient maintenance and maintenance workforce planning under uncertainty: A unifying framework for the ADF."
  • In 2015, I was awarded both the Monash Graduate Scholarship and the Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Research Scholarship from Monash University to pursue my doctoral studies.
  • In 2011, I was awarded a scholarship for the MPhil/PhD programme under the higher education for the twenty-first-century project by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka.

 


My Qualifications

Education

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Monash University
  • Master of Science by Research in Applied Mathematics, Texas Tech University, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sir Lanka

 

Career History

  • Research Fellow: School of Science (2023-Present) & School of Engineering and Information Technology (2020-2023), UNSW Canberra
  • Research Fellow: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University (2019-2020)
  • Teaching Associate: the University of Melbourne (2019-2020), Monash University (2015-2020), Texas Tech University, Texas, USA (2011-2014)
  • Lecturer: the University of Peradeniya, Department of Production Engineering, Sri Lanka (2009-2011)

 

 


My Awards

  • 2018, Monash Engineering Women's Leadership Award to attend the Future Women Leaders Conference at Monash University.
  • 2014, 1st Place in Annula Graduate Student Poster Competition from Multi-Disciplinary Category 1
  • 2010, Manamperi (Engineering) Award for the Best Engineering Undergraduate Project of Sri Lanka 2008

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fluid-structure interaction of bluff bodies
  • Vortex-induced vibration of bluff bodies
  • Ember storms
  • Environmental flows
  • Optimization
  • Computational Methods development
  • Sport aerodynamics

Currently supervising

  1. Mohammed Ibrahim

My Teaching

  • ZEIT4007 Rotorcraft Engineering
  • ZEIT2503 Fluid Mechanics
  • ZPEM1301 Mathematics 1A / ZPEM1303 Engineering Mathematics 1A
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Location

Room G36, Building 26, Canberra Campus

Contact

+61 2 5114 5370