Adjunct Professor, International School of Engineering,
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand 01/2014 – Present
Teaching automotive engineering courses
Senior Project Engineer,
General Motors Corporation, Michigan 09/1999 – 12/2013
Global Simulations Owner (GSO) for HVAC air handling system performance. Prepared and maintained certain corporate analysis procedures for use in global engineering centres. Developed pressure based engine cooling circuit 1-D simulations, CFD prediction of airflow in the cabin interior and air through the vehicle front-end.
Visteon Corporation (Contract), Michigan 06/1998 – 09/1999
Provided analysis, synthesis and design improvement on vehicle climate control applications; Supported business bidding proposals for winning OEM contracts.
, Thammasat University, Thailand 06/1997 – 04/1998 Undergraduate teaching: Engineering Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Drawing.
Supervised final year students’ projects, served in university committees and conducted administrative duties as needed.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
, University of Western Australia, Perth 05/1994 – 05/1997
Fundamental and applied research on environmental fluid flows. Prepared proposals and communicated with funding agencies for opportunities and grants.
Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Arizona State University 12/1991 – 05/1994
Research on environmental fluid flows and undergraduate instruction/teaching. Designed and fabricated experiments to simulate complex flow situations. Flow measuring techniques LDV, PIV, LIF, Schlieren techniques, hot wire anemometry.
University of Detroit-Mercy – Adjunct Professor (1999, 2002): Dynamics
Thammasat University – Assistant Professor (1997): Fluid Dynamics, Dynamics
Arizona State University – Graduate Assistant (1990, 1992): Dynamics, Mechanics of Solids
University of Moratuwa – Assistant Lecturer (1983-84): Thermodynamics, Mechanics
Conference & Publications
De Silva, I.P.D. 2006 Turbulence in stirred jars. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE,
Vol. 132(11), 1260-1268.
Ivey, G. N., Winters, K. B. and I.P.D. De Silva, 2000 Turbulent mixing in an internal wave energised benthic boundary layer on a slope. Journal of Fluid Mechanics
, Vol. 418, 59-76.
De Silva, I.P.D., Brandt, A., Montenegro, L., & Fernando, H.J.S. 1999 Gradient Richardson number measurements in a stratified shear layer. Dynamics of Atmosphere and Oceans
. 30, 47- 63.
De Silva, I.P.D. & Fernando, H.J.S. 1998 Experiments on collapsing turbulent regions in stratified fluids. Journal of Fluid Mechanics,
Vol. 358, 29-60.
De Silva, I.P.D., Imberger, J. & Ivey, G.N. 1997 Localised mixing due to a breaking internal wave ray at a sloping boundary. Journal of Fluid Mechanics,
De Silva, I.P.D., Fernando, H.J.S., Eaton, F. and Hebert, D. 1996 Kelvin-Helmholtz billows in nature and laboratory. Earth and Planetary Science Letters,
De Silva, I.P.D. & Fernando, H.J.S. 1994 Oscillating grid as a source of nearly-isotropic turbulence. Physics of Fluids
, Vol. 6, No 7, 2455-2464.
Fernando, H.J.S. & De Silva, I.P.D. 1993 Note on secondary flows in oscillating-grid mixing box experiments. Physics of Fluids,
Vol. 5, No. 7, 1849-1851.
De Silva, I.P.D. & Fernando, H.J.S. 1992 Some aspects of mixing in a stratified turbulent patch. Journal of Fluid Mechanics
, 240, 601-625.
De Silva, I.P.D., Montenegro, L.M. & Fernando, H.J.S. 1990 Measurement of interfacial distortions at a stratified entrainment interface. Experiments in Fluids
, Vol. 9, 174-177.
Reddy, T.A., Gordon, J.M. & De Silva, I.P.D. 1987 MIRA: A one repetitive-day method for predicting the long-term performance of solar energy systems. Solar Energy
, Vol.39, No. 2,
Flow-thermal applications in automotive engineering, Environmental fluid mechanics, CFD and 1-D tools
Research papers by Dr. Prabhath De Silva and his ISE students
De Silva, I.P.D. 2018 " Hofstadter Points for Exterior Angles" Mathematics Magazine.
Accepted for Publication.
Tessathan, T., Thammasiri, C., De Silva, P., Hussain, R., Noomwongs, N. 2017 "Cabin-Ambient Air Exchanges and Their Relation to In-Vehicle CO2 Concentration," SAE Technical Paper
2017-01-1725, 2017, doi:10.4271/2017-01-1725.
Maytat Luangprasert, Chainarin Vasithamrong, Suphasit Pongratananukul, Sunhapos Chantranuwathana, Suree Pumrin & I.P.D. De Silva 2017
In-vehicle carbon dioxide concentration in commuting cars in Bangkok, Thailand
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Vol. 67, 5, 623-633.