Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Amal Chandran

Assistant Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Email: achandran@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Amal Chandran

Biography
Amal Chandran is an Aerospace Engineer with a research background in atmospheric science. He received a PhD from the University of Colorado in Aerospace Engineering Sciences in 2010. His PhD thesis involved working on NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) Satellite data to analyse wave propagation and dynamics in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Amal’s research interests are in the field of instrumentation for Earth remote sensing and space weather monitoring on small satellite platforms, small satellite technology development, atmospheric dynamics and whole atmosphere climate modelling. At NTU, Amal serves as the Associate Director for Space Technology at the Satellite Research Centre.

Amal has always been fascinated by space and spacecrafts. His primary teaching interest is in developing an undergraduate and graduate curriculum to teach spacecraft engineering and instrumentation. Prior to joining NTU, Amal worked at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado where he oversaw the development of CU’s International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE). He continues to serve as Principal Investigator for the first INSPIRESat scheduled for flight in 2019.
Research Interests
• Small Satellite Development.
• Satellite Instrumentation for Atmospheric remote sensing.
• Optical and Infrared remote sensing on cubesat platforms
• Cubesat instrumentation for Ionospheric plasma measurements.
• Climate Modeling: Stratospheric Sudden Warmings, Atmospheric Coupling, Stratosphere-Mesosphere dynamics

I have PhD student positions open for suitable candidates to work on instrumentation and atmospheric modeling.

In addition to their research, the PhD students will be expected to work as student project managers/system engineers on ongoing cubesat projects, learning all aspects of cubesat development and engineering. Students with prior experience in working with satellite hardware and background in electrical/mechanical engineering and coding experience will be preferred.
Current Projects
  • A CubeSat mission for Earth Science Observations
  • Low Earth Orbit Space Debris Removal Using Cubesats
  • Project ARCADE
  • Quantifying Climate Change Effects on the Earth’s Upper Atmosphere Through Modeling and Observations
  • Regional Ionosphere Mapping and Autonomous Uplink (RIMAU) Satellite Constellation for Space Weather Monitoring and Nowcasting
Selected Publications
  • A. Chandran and R.L. Collins. (2014). Stratospheric sudden warming effects on winds and temperature in the middle atmosphere at middle and low latitudes: a study using WACCM. Annales Geophysicae, 32(7), 859-874.
  • A. Chandran, D. W. Rusch, A. W. Merkel, S. E. Palo, G. E. Thomas, M. J. Taylor, S. M. Bailey,and J. M. Russell III. (2010). Polar mesospheric cloud structures observed from the cloud imaging and particle size experiment on the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere spacecraft: Atmospheric gravity waves as drivers for longitudinal variability in polar mesospheric cloud occurrence. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 115(D013), doi:10.1029/2009JD013185.
  • A.Chandran, D.W.Rusch, S.E.Palo, G.E.Thomas, M.J.Taylor. (2009). Gravity wave observations in the summertime polar mesosphere from the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS) experiment on the AIM spacecraft. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 71(3), 392-400.

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