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Khairul Alam

Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor, Early Retired
Mechanical Engineering
STKR 263/ STKR 402B
Phone: 740.593.1558

After joining Ohio University as assistant professor, Dr. Alam received his P.E. certification in 1989, and became the Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1997. He is currently the director of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Ohio University. In 2006, he was elected as a Fellow of ASME. He has directed several federally funded research programs at Ohio University that have been funded by federal, state and private industries. He has been the co-editor of several engineering conference publications and a reviewer for many federal agencies and engineering journals. He has published more than 100 papers and reports in areas of materials engineering, thermal engineering, and particle science, and holds several patents.

Dr. Alam’s areas of research include (a) thermal aspects of materials processing, with emphasis on carbon structures, carbon foam, polymer composites, carbon fiber and nanofiber for composites, (b) Aerosols and particulate transport,  and (c) Thermal stresses, thermal management, heat exchangers and electronic cooling.

Research Interests: thermal aspects of materials processing with emphasis on carbon structures; carbon foam; polymer composites; carbon fiber; and nanofiber for composites, aerosols and particulate transport, thermal stresses; thermal management ;heat exchangers; and electronic cooling

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1984. P.E., Professional Engineer, State of Ohio, 1989. M.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1979. B.T., Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Kanpur, India, 1978.


1. K. Alam, M. Anghelescu and A. Bradu, Computational Model of Porous media Using True 3-D images, , book chapter in Heat Transfer is Multi-Phase Materials, (Edited by A. Ochsner and G. Murch ISBN 978-3-642-04403-8, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04402-1), Springer Publications, pp. 347-377, 2011.

2. M.K. Alam, A.M. Druma, C. Druma, “Thermal transport in carbon foams”, Journal of composite materials, Vol. 38, No. 22, pp. 1993-2006, 2004.

3. R.J. Kuriger, and M.K. Alam, ""Thermal Conductivity of Thermoplastic Composites with Submicron Carbon Nanofibers,"" Experimental Heat Transfer, Vol 15, pp. 19-30, 2002.

4. M.K. Alam, S.L. Semiatin, and Z. Ali, “Thermal Stress Development During Vacuum Arc Remelting and Parmanent Mold Casting of Ingots,” ASME Transactions: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 120, pp. 755-763, 1998.

5. M.K. Alam, and J.H. Seinfeld, “Solution of the Steady State, Three-Dimensional Diffusion Equation for Sulfur Dioxide and Sulfate Dispersion from Point Sources,” Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 15, pp. 1221-1225, 1981.


U.S. Patent Number 4,642,227, “Reactor for Producing Large Particles of Materials from Gases” (with R. Flagan), 1987

U.S. Patent Number 6,231,643, “Membrane Electrostatic Precipitator” (with H. Pasic, D. Bayless), 2001

U.S. Patent Number 6,783,575, “Membrane Laminar Wet Electrostatic Precipitator” (with H. Pasic, D. Bayless), 2004

U.S. Patent 7,976,616, “Composite Discharge Electrode” 2011

U.S. Provisional Patent, “Carbon Fiber Electrode” (2010)


White Research Award, Ohio University, 2000, 2004, 2009

Teaching Recognition Award, Ohio University, 1995

Russ Research Award, Ohio University, 1987

Award from Gesellschaft fur Aerosolforschung (Germany), 1986

NASA Certificate of Recognition for Technical Innovation, 1984

Banco Foundation Award for Academic Achievement, I.I.T. Kanpur, 1978