Ashish Manohar

Course Title: Introduction Introduction to Fluid Mechanical Engineering: From a Straw to an Airplane

Ashish Manohar is an first year MS student in Mechanical Engineering. He was the winner of the “Aerial Conveyor” event at the state level technical fest “Cultura 2014”, which required an aerial transport system to be developed, utilizing only the available materials within a specified time limit. He secured an All-India rank of 540 in the COMED-K engineering entrance exam out of 68,000 candidates. He secured 100% in Physics, 99% in Chemistry and 98% in Mathematics in the 12th grade qualifying exam. He represented the Karnataka State, India in the Inter-Zonal Cricket tournament.

  • BS Engineering, Mechnical Engineering R.V. College of Engineering (RVCE), Autonomous Institution under Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, India.
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego (in process)

Ashwa Racing – Formula SAE Team
February 2012 – May 2015

  • Introduced, designed and fabricated a side entry throttling plenum for a Honda CBR 600 engine which improved power output by 32% over the previous team’s design with an almost equal charge distribution between the cylinders.
  • Performed CFD analysis on the intake manifold using SolidWorks and Fluent.
  • Introduced and designed a custom dry sump system for a Suzuki GSX-R 600 engine which mitigated engine oil starvation during tight cornering.
  • Headed the sponsorship & marketing team and managed public relations by providing interviews in print media and national television.

National Aerospace Laboratories
August 2014 – May 2015

  • Designed and implemented a mechanism to fold the wings of a flapping wing ornithopter for easy packaging and transport in military applications while retaining a pre-flight setup time of less than 5 seconds.
  • Designed and fabricated a planar gearbox for the ornithopter with a reduction ratio of 22:1. The gearbox weighed 44% less and occupied 59% less spatial volume than the existing gearbox.
  • Developed a system to decrease the turn radius and increase the flight envelope of an ornithoper by achieving asymmetric flapping of the wings, driven by a single motor.