Shaowu Pan

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Shaowu Pan received his B.E. in Aerospace Engineering and B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Beihang University, China in 2013. After that, he received M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in April 2021. Then he started as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the AI Institute in Dynamic Systems at the University of Washington, Seattle from 2021 to 2022. His research interests lie in the intersection between computational fluid dynamics, data-driven modeling of complex systems, scientific machine learning, and dynamical systems. He has published his work in journals ranging from Journal of Machine Learning Research, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, AIAA Journal, SIAM Applied Dynamical Systems, Chaos, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Computational Mechanics, etc. 

Education & Training

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2021

M.S.E., University of Michigan, 2015

B.S. & B.E., Beihang University, 2013


I'm interested in solving challenging modeling problems in large-scale complex nonlinear systems using theory of dynamical systems combined with tools from computational mathematics and deep learning.  

Research interests

  • AI for Science
  • Physics-informed machine learning
  • Data-Driven Control of High-dimensional Nonlinear Systems
  • Differentiable Flow Physics
Primary Research Focus
Scientific Machine Learning, Reduced Order Modeling, Turbulence Modeling and Simulation
Other Focus Areas
  • Aerodynamics and Flow Control
  • Turbulence Modeling
Research Groups

If you are interested in joining us, please take a look at my research and google scholars for details.

  • Ph.D. openings in scientific machine learning, reduced-order modeling. Graduate students should apply directly to the RPI Graduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate & M.S. students looking for research opportunities can email with their interests and any relevant coursework or research experience.


  • MANE 4070, Aerodynamics I 
  • MANE 2110, Numerical Methods and Programming for Engineering
  • MANE 6961, Scientific Machine Learning


Awards & Honors
  • MICDE Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
  • Rackham Summer Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
  • Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research (Department Nominee) 
  • Chinese Outstanding Student Abroad Award
  • SIAM Student Travel Grant 
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Winner in Fluid Mechanics 
  • Outstanding Student of Beihang University 
  • Honorable Mention in Student Poster Competition in MICDE symposium


  1. Pan, S., and K. Duraisamy. 2024. "On the Lifting and Reconstruction of Dynamical Systems with Multiple Attractors." to appear on Nonlinear Dynamics.
  2. Jang, B., A.A. Kaptanoglu, R. Gaur, S. Pan, M. Landreman, and W. Dorland. 2024. "Grad–Shafranov Equilibria via Data-Free Physics Informed Neural Networks." Physics of Plasmas 31, no. 3.
  3. Pan, S., S. Brunton, and N. Kutz. 2023. "Neural Implicit Flow: A Mesh-Agnostic Dimensionality Reduction Paradigm of Spatio-Temporal Data." Journal of Machine Learning Research.
  4. Pan, S., and E. Johnsen. 2017. "The Role of Bulk Viscosity on the Decay of Compressible, Homogeneous, Isotropic Turbulence." Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  5. Pan, S., N. Arnold-Medabalimi, and K. Duraisamy. 2021. "Sparsity-Promoting Algorithms for the Discovery of Informative Koopman-Invariant Subspaces." Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  6. Pan, S., and K. Duraisamy. 2018. "Data-Driven Discovery of Closure Models." SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems.
  7. Pan, S., and K. Duraisamy. 2020. "On the Structure of Time-Delay Embedding in Linear Models of Non-linear Dynamical Systems." Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.
  8. Pan, S., and K. Duraisamy. 2018. "Long-Time Predictive Modeling of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Using Neural Networks." Complexity.
  9. Pan, S., and K. Duraisamy. 2020. "Physics-Informed Probabilistic Learning of Linear Embeddings of Nonlinear Dynamics with Guaranteed Stability." SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems.
  10. Singh, A.P., S. Pan, and K. Duraisamy. 2017. "Characterizing and Improving Predictive Accuracy in Shock-Turbulent Boundary Layer Interactions Using Data-Driven Models." 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting.
  11. Bhatnagar, S., Y. Afshar, S. Pan, K. Duraisamy, and S. Kaushik. 2019. "Prediction of Aerodynamic Flow Fields Using Convolutional Neural Networks." Computational Mechanics.
  12. Sun, L., H. Gao, S. Pan, and J.-X. Wang. 2020. "Surrogate Modeling for Fluid Flows Based on Physics-Constrained Deep Learning Without Simulation Data." Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.
  13. Gao, Q., S. Pan, H. Wang, R. Wei, and J. Wang. 2021. "Particle Reconstruction of Volumetric Particle Image Velocimetry with the Strategy of Machine Learning." Advances in Aerodynamics.
  14. Ji, W., W. Qiu, Z. Shi, S. Pan, and S. Deng. 2021. "Stiff-PINN: Physics-Informed Neural Network for Stiff Chemical Kinetics." The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

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