Ronald C. Crane (1972) Professor of Mechanical Engineering; director, Center for Energy and Propulsion Research
areas of expertise: energy science and engineering, thermochemical conversion including combustion and gasification, carbon capture including oxy-combustion and membrane reactor, thermal-fluid science and computational engineering
Ahmed F. Ghoniem is the Ronald C. Crane Professor of Mechanical Engineering, director of the Center for Energy and Propulsion Research and the Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory, and head of Energy Science and Engineering in ME. He received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, MSc and BSc from Cairo University.
His research has led to significant advances in high performance computing, multiscale approaches in reactive flow; active control of noise and emissions in combustion; and energy systems’ analysis with focus on low-carbon technologies through gasification, biomass-to-gas, oxy-combustion of solid and gaseous fuels, ion transport membrane reactors, solid-oxide fuel cells and hybrid concentrated solar thermal systems. He has supervised more than 75 M.Sc, Ph.D. and post-doctoral students, published more than 200 refereed articles in leading journals and conferences, and lectured extensively around the World.
Ghoniem’s scholarly work includes developing advanced courses in energy conversion and combustion. He has consulted for several major aerospace, automotive and energy companies and leading government research laboratories, and served on the board of high-performance computing centers and laboratories and several companies. He has won teaching and scholarly awards, is fellow of ASME and associate fellow of AIAA. He received the KAUST Investigator Award in 2008.
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