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. One of his focus areas is the application of laser diagnostics in shock tubes and rapid compression machines to study chemical kinetics of various fuels under conditions suitable for future high–efficiency enegy systems. He is also 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, Optical Society of America
  • Member, Combustion Institute
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member, American Chemical Society


​​Visiting Faculty Fellowship from the University of Lille, France (2016)

Article selected for front cover of Sustainable Energy and Fuels (2018)

​Distinguished co-author paper award from the Combustion Institute (2011)

Featured article award by the Institute of Physics (2009)

Fellowship for PhD studies (2004 - 2010)

KAUST Affiliations

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