Professor Perumal Nithiarasu

Personal Chair, Civil Engineering
Deputy Head of College - A_107
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Perumal Nithiarasu (PN) is Professor and Director of Research at College of Engineering, Swansea University. He is also a Deputy Head of College of Engineering and currently also holds a position of Dean Academic Leadership (Research Impact). Previously, PN served as the Head of Zienkewicz Centre for Computational Engineering for 5 years. 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

Award Highlights

2018 - Adjunct Professor (VAJRA), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

2014-2017, Adjunct Professor, Moscow Institute of Physics, Russia

2014 - Visiting Professor, University of Naples, “Parthennope”, Italy

2011, 2012, Distinguished Foreign Scientist, CSIR, Government of India

2010, 2019, Highly commanded paper award, Emerald Publishers, UK, 2006

EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, EPSRC, UK

2004, Young Scientist award, ECCOMAS, European Society

2002, Zienkiewicz Silver Medal , Institution of Civil Engineers, UK

1998, Most Outstanding Paper Award, MCB University Press, UK

1992, First Rank Holder, MTech, University of Kerala, India.

2018 - Learned Society of Wales, Fellow

2006 - IMA, UK, Fellow

2010 - IMechE, UK, CEng, Fellow

2015 – IPEM, Fellow

2000 - AIAA, USA , Senior Member (Life)


Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth