Alan Shihadeh

Alan Shihadeh, Dr.PH 
Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture 
American University of Beirut
Raymond Ghosn Building
PO Box 11-0236
Beirut, Lebanon 
Office: Room 411, Raymond Ghosn
Tel: 961 1 350000 ext. 3590/3465


  • Sc.D (1998) Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Aerosol dynamics
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Combustion 
  • Particle transport
  • Deposition
  • Phase change phenomena
  • Urban and indoor air pollution
  • Pollutant formation in flames


  • Established the Aerosol Research Laboratory ( Principle investigator in experimental and theoretical studies of aerosol measurements and transport phenomena. Applications in tobacco smoke, atmospheric and urban aerosols, and human exposure.
  • Co-investigator of thermoelectric woodstove development for rural areas. Work included investigating woodstove combustion and heat transfer characteristics, use of buoyancy driven flows for heat transfer enhancement, and development of a low cost thermo-electric generator.
  • Principle investigator of experimental and numerical study of emissions from unsteady combustion of solid fuels.
  • Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research 1/09-1/12: Air Quality Research Unit. This is a grant to establish a national air quality research unit with collaboration between AUB and Universite Saint Joseph. Role: Co-PI
  • US National Institute of Heath (R01), 2/08 – 2/13: Waterpipe tobacco smoke: toxicant exposure and effects. This is a collaborative study between AUB and Virginia Commonwealth University to measure intake, absorption, and physiological response to toxicants in narghile smoke. It includes laboratory and clinical studies with human subjects. Role: AUB PI
  • Research for International Tobacco Control, IDRC, Canada 10/06 – 5/10: Consequences of involuntary exposure to narghile smoke. This study investigates the chemical and physical properties, including emission rates, of waterpipe smoke released into the environment by the pipe and its user. Role: PI of Laboratory and Clinical Studies​

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