Dr. MD Didarul Islam
Dr. md islam Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
didarul.islam@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 3244


Dr. Md. Islam is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. He received his MSc and PhD from University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa Japan in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Before his current appointment, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow/ Assistant/Associate Professor at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. He also worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor at the Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology, a premier national engineering university in Bangladesh. He has 19 years of university teaching experience and taught different undergraduate and graduate courses.

His main research interest is focused in the area of energy and heat transfer enhancement, extended surfaces, heat exchangers, heat pipes, vortex generators, flow induced vibrations(FIV), fluid surface interactions(FSI), fouling of heat exchangers in the oil and gas industry, CSP technologies, solar powered Stirling engine generator, solar desalination technologies, refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, atmospheric water collection etc.   During his academic career, Dr. Islam contributed in a book chapter and published more than 100 research papers in Journals and International conferences, including Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, International journal of Heat and Mass transfer, International journal of Mechanical sciences, Renewable Energy, Physics of Fluids, Ocean Engineering, International Journal of Thermal sciences.  Dr. Islam is the recipient of ADNOC R&D Wisdom Book Award (2012), Japan Govt. Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) Award (2002-2004) and Heiwa Nakajima Foundation (HNF) Tokyo, Japan Scholarship Award (2005-2007). He was the organizing committee member of the Second International ENERGY 2030 Conference, Abu Dhabi, and chaired sessions of GT India ASME 2019 Gas Turbine India Conference, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (HEFAT) International Conference (2016, 2017), ICOPE-2013 China, ADRAC R&D 2013 Conference, Abu Dhabi. He is the current member of ASME and IEB.

  • Ph.D., Material, Structural and Energy Engineering, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan , Japa

  • Advanced Heat Transfer (MEEN 613 )
  • Engineering Design (ENGR111)
  • Fluid Mechanics (MEEN 335 )
  • Heat Transfer (MEEN 343)
  • Senior Design Project II (MEEN 498)
  • Thermodynamics (MEEN 240 )


Research Interests
  • Heat transfer enhancement
  • Smart heat exchangers
  • Heat pipe
  • Flow induced vibrations (FIV)
  • Solar desalination technologies
  • Atmospheric water collection with desiccant coated heat exchangers

Research Projects

Cross-flow induced vibrations of heat exchanger tubes for nuclear power plant.

Principal Investigator, Competitive Internal Research Award (CIRA) 2020-2023.

Study of External Formation Patterns and Prevention of Fouling on Select Process Fin-Fan Heat Exchangers.

Co-Investigator, ADNOC R&D GAS Subcommittee, 2015-2019.

Innovative Solar Hybrid Airconditioning System for Hot and Humid Regions.

Principal Investigator, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA R&D Center, Dubai, UAE, 2020-2022.

Solar Energy Applications to ADNOC Facilities.

Research Member,Post Doctoral Fellow, ADNOC R&D GAS Subcommittee, 2008-2011.

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Shital Mone Research Associate
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Post Doc
Ussama Ali PhD Candidate
Muna Alqaydi PhD Candidate
Salman Uddin MSc Student
Yousuf Elchihabi MSc Student
Noora Alshehhi MSc Student
Ahmad Hassan Abdalla PhD Candidate