Dr. Gaitonde obtained a BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the University of Exeter in 1988. She then joined the Department to undertake a PhD on the mathematical modelling of separated flows past smooth slender bodies. She was awarded her PhD in 1991. Subsequently she worked in the Department as a post-doctoral researcher developing computational methods to calculate unsteady fluid flows. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Aerodynamics in 2003.
Dr Gaitonde's research concerns the development of numerical methods for the prediction of unsteady fluid flows. Her main areas of interest are flows about wings, rotors, incompressible flows including free surface flows and non-aerospace applications, reduced order modelling and aerodynamic-structural coupling.
Dr. Gaitonde teaches the following undergraduate units: