People



Faculty

Fadl Moukalled, Professor 
Dr. Moukalled is a Professor of mechanical engineering at the American University of Beirut. He received his PhD in 1987 from Louisiana State University, USA.  His main research interests are CFD, numberical heat transfer and finite time Thermodynamics. He has published many articles in journals, books and proceedings, currently, his main thrust is in all-speed multi-fluid systems.​​

Marwan Darwish, Professor​
Dr. Darwish joined the American University of Beirut in 1991, at the Department of Mehanical Engineering. His research interest is in Computational Fluid Dynamics.  He has worked on the development of High and Very High Resolution schemes, on pressure-based solution algorithms for both single- and multi-fluid systems.  Currently he is working on the simulation of Binary Alloy solidification.

Continuing Graduates

​​​​Mhamad Mahdi Alloush, PhD Candidate
Mhamad Mahdi joined the CFD team in September 2016 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on ​​​​Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. He is currently working on the development of multi-phase flow solvers using pressure-based coupled approaches. He also worked on non-linear multigrid methods for accelerating the solution processes of complex engineering problems, especially those related to turbo-machinery. Additional tasks, related to turbulence models’ implementation have also been part of his work in the CFD Group.

Mostafa Hammoud, PhD Candidate
Mostafa obtained his Diploma of Science in Physics in 2008. He enrolled then to the graduate program at AUB as a Master’s student. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the Physics department, concentrating on the role of turbulent magnetic reconnection in solar coronal heating. He is closely connected to the CFD Group in the mechanical engineering department, and a part of it since his first days of PhD. His contribution to the field is related to the modelling and simulation of solar magnetic reconnection.

Mohammad Al-Nasser, ME Candidate
Mo​hammad joined the CFD team in February 2017 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on ​​​​Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. He is currently working on the optimization of ovens through numerical cfd simulations​​​​.

Nidal Farran, ME Candidate
Holding a Masters’ Degree in Pure Physics, Nidal joined the CFD team in September 2015 to pursue his graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow and Aerodynamics Phenomena using CFD. He is currently working on simulating high speed Supersonic Flows using CFD commercial package ANSYS Fluent and OpenFOAM. In addition to the Modeling part, he is performing Theoretical Aerodynamics Investigations.​

Ali Al-Abed, ME Candidate
Ali received a scholarship from Al Ghurair foundation for education to continue his master's study in mechanical engineering - applied energy at AUB. He joined the CFD lab in spring 2018 and he is interested in simulating engineering problems related to renewable energy. His current research is focused on improving the efficiency and performance of thermal desalination by modeling the heat transfer, multiphase flow and water thin film evaporation for a new design for multi-effect distillation in collaboration with the water research center at the Cyprus Institute.

Ali Saleh, ME Candidate
Ali joined the CFD team in January 2019 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering. He is currently working on the full simulation of  air-conditioning rooftop unit on both air and refrigerant compartments. His simulations rely basically on the commercial CFD package Ansys Fluent.

Former Graduates​

Iyad Fayssal, PhD
Iyad joined the CFD team in September 2012 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on ​​​​Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. He worked on the development of 3D non-invasive tool to predict disease functional significance in coronary arteries​.

Amin Wahab, ME
Amin joined the CFD team in May 2013 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on ​​​​Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. He conducted a numerical study using three different approaches to investigate the enhancement of PV panels performance by integrating phase change materials.

Jad Hawi, ME
Jad joined the CFD team in May 2013 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. His work focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics and entitled: The Comparative Study Using OpenFOAM© and Fluent Solver of Smoke Propagation inside Occupied Spaces.​

Sobhi Takkoush, ME
Sobhi joined the CFD team in M ay 2013 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. His research focused on development and comparison of the performance of smoothers, in both scalar and block versions, within an algebraic multigrid solver in the context of a finite volume discretization method.

Hussein Maaniyye, ME
Hussein joined the CFD team in September 2013 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. His research focused on development of moving mesh algori thm for transient flows.

Adnan Akhdar, ME
Adnan graduated as an ME from the Lebanese University. He joined the CFD team at Aub in September 2006 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering. His research interest is directed towards multiphase flows and the modeling of evaporation and turbulent mixing.​

Amer Abd El-Aziz, ME
Amer graduated as an ME from the Lebanese University, He joined the CFD team at AUB in September 2006, to pursue his graduate studies for a ME, His research focus is on a coupled solver for Multiphase Fluid Fow.​

Chafic Mansour, ME
Chafic graduated as an ME from NDU, He joined the CFD team at AUB in September 2004, to pursue his graduate studies for a ME, His research focus is on Fluid/Solid interaction.

Hussein El-Sayed, ME
Hussein graduated as an ME from the AUB. He joined the CFD team in September 2004 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering, with concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling of Evaporation at Supersonic Flows.

Ihab Sraj, ME
Ihab graduated as an ME from the Lebanese University. He joined the CFD team in September 2004 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering, with concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards the development of advanced velocity-pressure coupling algorithms.

Joe Rached, ME
Joe graduat​​​ed as an ME from NDU. He started working in the CFD field early 2005. He joined AUB in fe bruary 2007 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering. His thesis title is: Error free Physically based mesh generator by Bubble Injection technique.​

Tony Saad, ME
Tony joined the CFD team in September 2003 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering with a concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. His research interest is directed towards modeling Heat transfer and Fluid flow phenomena using CFD. He is currently working on the parallelization of a Finite Volume unstructured CFD code. He is an ME Graduate from NDU.​

Wadih Geahchan, ME
Wadih graduated as an ME from NDU. He joined the CFD team in September 2006 to pursue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering. His research interest is directed towards coupling independently meshed regions.​

Walid Farkouh, ME
Walid worked on the development of advanced pressure-velocity coupling algorithms.

Zeina Alwan, ME
Zeina graduated as an ME from NDU. She joined the CFD team in September 2004 to pursue her graduate studies in mechanical engineering, with concentration on Thermal and Fluid dynamics. Her research interest is directed towards the modeling of evaporation with emphasis on the  multi-size droplets.