Perumal Nithiarasu (PN) is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Engineering, Swansea University. He is also a Deputy Head of Department 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, www.compbiomed.net) 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.