Bakhtier Farouk


Professor Bakhtier Farouk received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1975. He served as a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at BUET during 1975-1976. Professor Farouk started his training in the United States as a graduate student at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Houston, Texas in 1976 (Advisor: Professor Fazle Hussain). He received his MS and PhD degrees in 1978 and 1981 respectively from the University of Delaware (Advisor: Professor Selcuk Guceri) and thereafter joined the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics department in Drexel University as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1987 and Professor in 1989. He is serving as the J. Harland Billings Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel since 2004.

Professor Farouk’s research and teaching interests include transport in supercritical fluids, microscale flows and heat transfer, thermoacoustics, combustion and fires, transport processes in materials processing, multi-phase flows, atmospheric pressure plasma processing, and computational fluid dynamics. Various federal agencies and numerous companies have sponsored Professor Farouk’s research for the past thirty years. Professor Farouk has published more than one hundred and twenty five journal papers in his research areas and twenty three of his graduate students received the PhD degree to date. He has also contributed a number of book chapters. Many of his former PhD students are now pursuing teaching and research carriers in academia and industry in the US and in various other countries of the world.

He has served as a consultant for various industries. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was awarded the SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award in 1986 and the American Society of Metals Henry Marion Howe Medal in 1989. He served as a Summer Faculty Research Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D. C. in 1988 and 1997. He also served as a Guest Researcher at Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD on sabbatical leaves during 1991-92 and 1999-00 respectively. He was awarded the Presidential Citation for outstanding achievement by the University of Delaware in 1999. Professor Farouk received the Ira Cohen Fluid Dynamics Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of AIAA in May 2008.

He has served as an ABET Mechanical Engineering program reviewer for various US and foreign universities in the past ten years.

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, University of Delaware

Research Interests

Heat transfer; combustion; numerical methods; turbulence modeling; materials processing.

Academic Distinctions

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow, Elected 2010-11
  • AIAA – Philadelphia Chapter, Ira Cohen Fluid Dynamics Award, 2008
  • Drexel University, J. Harland Billings Professor, 2004
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 2003 – 2006
    Metallurgical Transactions B, 1998 - 2003