Dr Nagabhushana Rao Vadlamani received his PhD in Engineering from the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2014. Subsequently, he was awarded Bowring research fellowship by St. Catharine's college, Cambridge to pursue his independent research. He continued working as a Senior Research associate in the Cambridge University Engineering Department on Rolls-Royce and TSB funded projects. Prior to his PhD, Rao worked with the Digital Mockup team in Airbus India on the safe installation of various aircraft systems. He pursued his master's degree in Thermal engineering from IIT Madras and his Bachelors degree from NIT Warangal in Mechanical Engineering.
Rao's research involves developing reliable numerical tools to build efficient components for the modern aircraft engines. In 2013, he and his colleagues were the recipients of the ASME IGTI Turbomachinery Committee Best Paper Award for their work on transition in low pressure turbines.