Dr. Kareem Ahmed

Kareem Ahmed is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at University of Central Florida, a faculty member of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery & Energy Research and the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, and AIAA Associate Fellow. Before joining UCF, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Old Dominion University. Prior to that, he served over three years as a Senior Aero/Thermo Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Military Engines working on Advance Engine Programs and Technologies (F35 and F22 programs). He also served as a faculty at Florida State University. At UCF, Dr. Ahmed leads creative and technologically crucial research in propulsion and energy focusing on high-speed compressible turbulent flows, turbulent combustion, deflagrations and detonations, hypersonic and supersonic compressible flows using advanced optical laser diagnostics with more than $9.2 million in research funding. The research has a broad impact in terms of applications for power generation and gas turbine engines, propulsion jet engines, hypersonics, fire safety, and extends to COVID-19 and supernova science (exploding stars, featured in our Science paper). He has authored over 163 scholarly articles leading a large research group (27 students and post-docs) and has chaired the graduation of 33 graduate students and 11 HIM students. He received multiple awards, including the ACS-Doctoral New Investigator, The Comb. Inst. Distinguished Paper, Reach for the Stars, AIAA Associate Fellow, and AFOSR and ONR Fellow.