Professor Aamir Farooq

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering​​​​

Research Interests

Dr. Farooq’s research interests are in the areas of energy sciences, combustion chemistry, and laser diagnostics. He is interested in the development of new laser-based diagnostics and the application of these diagnostics to study energy conversion processes of renewable and traditional energy sources. Energy systems of interest include reciprocating IC engines, gas turbines, stationary combustors, and fuel cells. One of his focus areas is the application of laser diagnostics in shock tubes to study chemical kinetics of various hydrocarbon–based fuels under conditions suitable for future high–efficiency, low–emission engines. Also, he is interested in developing laser–based sensors for biomedical and environment–monitoring applications.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 2010
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan, 2002

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member, Combustion Institute
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member, Institute of Physics


  • Distinguished paper award from the Combustion Institute (2012)
  • Invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conference: Laser Diagnostics in Combustion (2013)
  • Featured article award from the Institute of Physics (2009)
  • Fellowship for PhD studies

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Clean Combustion Reserach Center (
  • Mechanical Engineering Program (
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (