Ramanan Sankaran is a computational scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ramanan performs numerical studies of reacting and multiphase flows using high performance computing to understand the fundamental characteristics of fluid flows in engineering applications. He is an expert in computational combustion and engineering with more than 17 years of experience in the modeling and simulation of combustion. His research focuses on numerically studying various combustion phenomena such as auto-ignition, turbulent premixed, and non-premixed combustion and combustion chemical kinetics. He also develops scalable and massively parallel software tools for combustion and engineering simulations and analysis of large simulation datasets.