Dr Samer Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Qatar University. He obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2007. He then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge for nearly two years. He has been involved in a couple of major research projects funded by Rolls Royce and the EU Commission. He then joined King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, as an Assistant Professor, where he remained for three years before joining Qatar University in 2011.
His research interests are in the areas of combustion and emissions, alternative fuels and carbon capture technologies. He has a strong record of leading research projects funded from governmental and industrial sectors. In Saudi Arabia, he has attracted more than 5M Saudi Riyals of research funds from KACST and KFUPM. In Qatar, he is the LPI of three NPRP projects funded by the Qatar Foundation and a PI in a fourth NPRP project with a total fund of about $4M. In addition, he has obtained the only UK-Gulf Institutional Link grant offered to Qatar from the British Council with a total fund of about 375,000 GBP. He also managed to attract funds from local industry such as Oryx GTL.
The international research collaboration network involved in these projects involves major universities and research institutes in the USA, UK, and Australia. These funds have been used to establish advanced experimental test rigs such as a combustion bomb, shock tubes, liquid fuel spray burners and Rapid Compression Machines, which can be used in the proposed projects. Samer has also managed to obtain major funding from Qatar University, worth more than 6M QAR, to establish a world-class Heat Engines and Combustion Lab that includes an optical engine test bed from AVL Company.
Samer is currently leading a research group at Qatar University that involves a number of research assistants and graduate students. He has published around 35 papers in top journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is also a reviewer for many important journals in the field of combustion, such as Combustion and Flame and FUEL.