Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad
Dr. yarjan abdul samad Assistant Professor Aerospace Engineering

Contact Information
yarjan.abdulsamad@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 5547


Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Khalifa University, UAE and a Senior Research Associate and Senior Teaching Fellow at The University of Cambridge. He is also the Chief Technology Advisor to a climate change company called Levidian based out of Cambridge, UK, which is transforming waste gas resources to graphene and hydrogen. His research work is based on developing graphene & 2d materials-based technologies for Space and Aerospace. He was among the team of scientists on European Space Agency (ESA)’s Zero Gravity flights who were the first to test Graphene in microgravity. He has also tested graphene-based materials for applications in space using Sounding Rockets. He is a member of the Science Team of Rashid Rover, which is due for launch within 2022, by MBRSC, UAE. He is the recipient of several awards such as Young Leaders Award 2020 by the UK’s Young Professional Society, The Innovator of The Year by the technology development company, Pakistan foreign affairs award for twenty-five under the age of 40 talents of Pakistani origin abroad, The Outstanding Research Reviewer of the year 2017 by the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, Nano Today Best Scientific Presentation, and many other Best Scientific Talks awards at international conferences. In addition to research, he has taught parts of a graduate course on graphene technology at the University of Cambridge. He is a proud graduate of Khalifa University. Prior to moving abroad, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) in Pakistan. He graduated from GIKI with two gold medals (one for best academic performance and another for best overall performance). 

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University (2016)
  • MSc. Materials Science & Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science & Technology (2012)
  • BS Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (2005)

  • Engineering Dynamics (AERO201)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Center for Catalysis and Separation
  • KU Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems

Research Interests
  • Advanced Materials For Space
  • Graphene and Related Materials
  • Sensors and Actuators


I am always looking for self-motivated students and researchers. Please feel free to drop an email if you find my research work interesting.