Amit Tandon, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1990
  • B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Tech, Kanpur, India, 1987

Contact information

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  • Office: Group II Building, Room 208A


Dr. Tandon uses his knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Physical Oceanography to address myriad of problems involving mixing processes in the upper ocean. He uses analytical and numerical modeling to address the importance of mixing and mixed layer processes for ocean circulation and climate. He has also supervised graduate students on basic experimental fluid mechanics projects. His research interests span from small- scale turbulence and oceanic mixed- layer processes, to sub-mesoscale frontal gradients and mesoscale eddies, and their role in setting up the large scale balances in the ocean.

His research publications have involved processes in oceanic mixed layers and submesoscale eddies, their role in water mass formation and parameterization of mesoscale processes for their direct impact on problems of climate interest. His peer reviewed publications have appeared in Journal of Physical Oceanography, Ocean Modelling, Science (Online), Deep Sea Research, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physica-D. 

Current research

Dr. Tandon’s current grants from NSF and ONR are for conducting process studies relevant to sub-mesoscale processes in the ocean, working with the Mahadevan lab at WHOI. One of the current major effort involves the Air-Sea Interactions in the Northern Indian Ocean – Regional Initiative (ASIRI Departmental Research Initiative). Another involves Role of mixed layer eddies on phytoplankton productivity in seasonally variable regimes.

See related publications here.

You can find more about an education collaboration on Weather in a Tank at this MIT website.

Dr. Tandon's previous research efforts have been funded by multiple competitive NSF grants continuously since 1997. His research has also been funded by NASA and by ONR on Scalable Lateral Mixing and Coherent Turbulence DRI (LatMix). His early research was funded by fellowships in Ocean Modeling and Climate System Modeling by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (1992-96).

Dr. Tandon's research efforts have been funded by fellowships in Ocean Modeling and Climate System Modeling by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (1992-96), and also by the National Science Foundation as the Principal Investigator on competitive grants continuously since 1997. At UMass Dartmouth he was a recipient of a grant by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation for the Climate Process Team along with researchers with seven other institutions (MIT, Princeton, Columbia University, University of California at Los Angeles, Florida State University, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography and University Corporation of Atmospheric Research), to address the interaction of mesoscale processes with mixed layers, and how to include them ocean circulation models used for climate studies.
In addition to the National Science Foundation, Dr Tandon's projects are also funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and NASA.

Selected publications

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Areas of interest

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid Physics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Upper Ocean Physics

‌‌‌Lab group photo Summer 2017

atandon-group-2017 (7-20-2017)
Standing in the Back:

Graduate students Jared Buckley, Brian Mingels, Visiting PhD scholar from India Dipanjan Chaudhuri, Postdoc Dr. Farid Karimpour, Research Asst Professor Sanjiv Ramachandran, Undergraduate researcher Samuel Fillettaz-Domingues.
Seated in the Front:
Undergraduate student alum Patrick Pasteris, Prof. Amit Tandon and PhD scholar from India Sreelekha Jarugula.


‌Graduate student Sudip Majumder from Tandon research group completed all PhD requirements in Fall 2014, and has recently joined as a postdoctoral fellow at Physical Oceanography Division CIMAS NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami FL.

Fullbright Specialist Scholar award, July 2014. Dr. Tandon was hosted by Center for Atmosphere and Ocean Science, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore as a Fullbright specialist. He organized and presented lectures in a summer school on Upper Ocean Physics with applications to the Bay of Bengal. The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants for short-term (2-6 weeks) collaborative projects in over 140 countries and 24 academic disciplines. Shorter grant lengths give Fulbright Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.