Top Universities for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the US


With CFD and Thermal Sciences becoming the base of almost all the products we build, every university has a department in these fields. In this post, we discussed with top researchers in the field and have come up with universities and labs that perform world-class research in fields such as,

  • Combustion
  • Multi-Phase Flows
  • Turbulent Flow
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Hypersonics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flow Physics
  • Bio Fluids
  • Shock Waves

Most top to moderately ranked programs will have rigorous coursework for those interested in fluids and thermal sciences. Here are 25 Universities that you need to consider when it comes to the above-mentioned fields. There is a lot of information in this post, in order to digest every bit of it try spending a significant amount of time. By the way, here is an excel sheet that contains all the 25 universities and their respective research areas.

I will start the list with my Alma matter,


Top Universities for CFD in the US infographics


  • University of Wisconsin – Madison – Engine Research Center
    • If you are looking at pursuing your Post Graduation or Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics, especially in in-cylinder combustion, Multi-phase flow, Spray and Combustion models, and Chemical Reaction Mechanisms then you need to start with the Engine Research Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. UW has been in the forefront of Engine research and thus covers CFD as well. And if you require any further incentive to join, the founders of Skill-Lync call this University their Alma Mater.




  • California Institute of Technology
    • THE FORCE – Turbulent Flow Oriented Research in Combustion and Energy
    • Jet Propulsion Laboratory – “Founded by Caltech faculty, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)is a division of Caltech and is the leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system. Working together, Caltech’s and JPL’s innovative researchers and technicians are shedding new light on our solar system’s origins and are building knowledge not only of distant planetary environments but of Earth and its atmosphere as well. JPL is currently responsible for conducting missions with more than two dozen spacecraft.” – Jet Propulsion Lab, Caltech








  • University of Southern California
    • Fluid Dynamics – Take a look at the Fluid Dynamics research group at USC. They focus on Turbulence, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics, and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.






The universities mentioned above, in general, are very good universities and tend to expect higher GRE scores i.e. in the range of 320+, if you did not get a chance to get 320+, some of the universities you can consider are listed below,










  • University of Colorado 


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