Personal Information
Full Name: Prof. R. K. Pant
Phone: 25767127
Email: rkpant[at]

Specialization: Aerodynamics


    Ph.D. Cranfield University, M.Tech, IIT Madras, BSc.(Engg.) , PEC Chandigarh, all in Aerospace Engineering

Awards & Fellowships

    Visiting Professor at School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore from December 2015 to December 2016. D. P. Joshi Excellent Teacher Award 2015, IIT Bombay, in recognition of merits, achievement and enthusiasm for teaching and making a lasting impression on students.

    Distinguished Visiting Researcher at Institute Technologico de Aeronautica, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brazil, from December 2012 to November 2015 under Science Without Borders program of Govt. of Brazil.

    Visiting Researcher at Texas Engineering Experimental Station, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1st June to 28th July 2011.

    Visiting Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, 1st June 2010 to 31st May 2011.


Pant, R. S., Design-Build-Fly Projects of Lighter-Than-Air Systems for Enhanced Learning of Aircraft Design Principles, Proceedings of First Seminar of Asian Workshop on Aircraft Design and Education (AWADE 2016), pp. 70-79, Nanjing, PRC, 8-11 October 2016.

Godbole, P., and Ranade, A., and Pant, R. S., Branch & Bound Global-Search Algorithm for Aircraft Ground Movement Optimization, AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems,, 19th July 2016.

Bhardwaj, U and Syed, K and Pant, R. S., Design, Fabrication and Testing of Mooring Masts for Remotely Controlled Indoor and Outdoor Airships, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India): Series C, Mechanical, Production, Aerospace and Marine Engineering, Springer, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp. 257-277, April 2016, ISSN: 2250-0545.

Alam, M. I, and Pant, R. S., Modeling Transient Heat Transfer in Stratospheric Airships, AIAA-2016-4222, Proceedings of 16th AIAA Aviation Technology Integration and Operations Conference, Washington, DC, USA, 13-17 June 2016.

Kshirsagar, A., Pant, R. S. and Bodi, K., Dynamic Simulation of Breakaway Aerostat With Emergency Deflation Valves, AIAA-2016-4225, Proceedings of 16th AIAA Aviation Technology Integration and Operations Conference, Washington, DC, USA, 13-17 June 2016.


R&D Areas/Projects: 

    Design and Development of Lighter-than-Air Systems, Aircraft Conceptual Design, Evolutionary Optimization, and Air Transportation

    Self–contained Re-locatable Tethered Aerostat System for Agricultural Applications, sponsored by Tata Centre for Technology & Design, IIT Bombay.

    Design and Flight Testing of an autonomous airship, sponsored by Systems and Systems Engineering Panel, Aeronautics R&D Board, India.

    Simulation and testing of a Payload Recovery Device, sponsored by Aerial Delivery R&D Establishment, DRDO.

    Sizing and Optimization of High Altitude Airship Platform, sponsored by National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. Conceptual Design of unmanned aerial vehicle for operation at High Altitudes, sponsored by Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment, DRDO, Government of India.


PhD TA Topics: 

    Lighter-Than-Air Systems, Aircraft Design

Courses Taught: 

Lighter-than-Air Systems

Aircraft Design

Optimization in Engineering Design

Aircraft Design Laboratory