Ashwani K. Gupta

Dr. A.K.Gupta


Director, The Combustion Laboratory

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Tel.: 301-405-5276; FAX: 301-314-9477; e-mail:

B.Sc; 1966, M. Sc. 1970 (Southampton University, U.K.), Ph.D. 1973 (Sheffield University, U.K.), D.Sc. 1986 (Sheffield University)


Professor Ashwani Gupta has been a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland College Park Campus since 1983 after spending six years at MIT as member of research staff in the Energy Laboratory and Department of Chemical Engineering and three years at Sheffield University as independent research worker and research fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology. He has over 25 years of experience in Combustion engineering since his graduation from Southampton University in 1970. He is the co-author of two books entitled "Swirl flows" and "Flowfield Modeling and Diagnostics". His honors include a higher doctorate (D.Sc.) from the University of Sheffield , Energy Systems Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 1990, a best paper award by ASME in 1991 and four best paper awards by AIAA in 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1994. He is the founding co-editor of the Energy Engineering and Environment Series published by CRC Press and Associate Editor of the Journal of Propulsion and Power. He is the Chairman of AIAA Terrestrial Energy Systems technical committee and member of the ASME Fuels and Combustion Technology executive committee. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute of Energy, U.K. and member of ASME , SAE , ASEE and the Combustion Institute.

Research Activities

Our research interests lie in the area of swirl flows in combustion, gas turbine combustion, spray combustion, furnaces and boilers, thermal destruction of solid and liquid wastes, combustion of alternative fuels, highly preheated air combustion, air pollution and laser diagnostics.

Current Research Projects

Thermal destruction of solid wastes (Navy)

Thermal destruction of liquid wastes (Navy)

Combustion of chlorinated hydrocarbons (NSF)

Fuel-air mixing under simulated high temperature and pressure conditions (NASA)

Gas turbine combustion (Navy)

Low NOx and high efficiency gas turbine combustion (SCERDC, DOE)

Steam-assisted atomization (ONR)

Highly preheated air combustion (NEDO)

Selected Publications

Last modified on 07/20/97.

Dr. A. K. Gupta