Gregory Sheard


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PhD projects

I offer PhD research projects in natural convection, heat transfer, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), bluff-body flows and rotating flows.


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Personal profile


Greg Sheard is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Director of The Sheard Lab at Monash University, Australia. He received his PhD from Monash University in 2004, for which he was awarded both the Faculty of Engineering Kenneth Hunt Medal and the Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the year's best PhD thesis. Prior to his appointment in 2006 to a permanent academic position with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash, he held an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of an Australian Research Council funded collaboration between the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Engineering. During this time he was awarded a Young Researcher Fellowship Award for Exemplary research in fluid mechanics, funding his travel and participation in the Third MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA, June 2005.

His research has featured on the Australian Ten Network's television program Scope in 2018, in Stories of Australian Science 2012, published by Science in Public, Australia's largest non-government science communication business, VLSCI Science Story #9, and Australian Life Scientist magazine.

Dr Sheard has secured more than $2.2-million in Nationally Competitive grant funding, and has secured continuous extensive time allocations on Australia's major high-performance computing facilities worth more than $100k per year. He is the author of over 150 research publications, editorials and patents. He has supervised 8 PhD candidates to completion, and has served as examiner for 9 PhD theses and over 150 manuscripts submitted to leading journals including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer and the Journal of Fluids and Structures. He chaired the highly successful 9th Australasian Natural Convection Workshop held at Monash University, December 2015, and was an Organiser for the International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Minerals and Process Industries in 2006, 2009 and 2012. He has also chaired numerous keynote addresses, regular sessions, and advised on Technical Committees of major international conferences.

Dr Sheard built and maintains an advanced numerical code for the simulation of two- and three-dimensional incompressible fluid flows based on the spectral-element method. Spectral-element methods combine the flexibility of finite-element approaches towards discretising complex flow domains into a grid of discrete elements with the exceptional convergence properties of spectral methods. This code has since been extended with linear stability analysis and transient growth analysis capabilities, quasi-two-dimensional and three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics simulation, and natural convection simulation capabilities.

Monash teaching commitment

I currently teach the following units:

  • MAE2404 Aerodynamics I (2012, 2013, 2016 onwards)
  • MAE3401 Aerodynamics (2007, 2013 onwards)

Units I have previously taught include:

  • ENG1040 Engineering Dynamics (2007-2010, 2012-2014)
  • MAE5401 Aerodynamics (as part of the Master of Aerospace Engineering degree, 2008-2011),
  • MAE3401 Aerodynamics (2007)
  • MAE4965 Aerodynamics (as part of the BTech(Aero)/BE (Mech.) double degree, 2004-2006)
  • MEC3465 Fluid Mechanics (2004)
  • MAE3965 Aero-Fluid Mechanics (2004)
  • MAE3469 Computer-Assisted Engineering (2004)


Research area keywords

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Natural convection
  • Heat transfer
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • MHD
  • Quasi-2D flows
  • Flow stability
  • Linear stability analysis
  • Transient Growth
  • Rotating Flows
  • Swirling flows
  • Polar Vortex Instability
  • Wake flows


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