New Fulbright Scholar

Aug. 13, 2021

Ahmed Naguib to conduct fluid dynamics research in Germany

Ahmed Naguib, professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University, has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Germany to research a cutting-edge diagnostic technique in fluid mechanics. The research seeks to reduce fuel consumption and carbon footprints in power generation.

​  Professor Ahmed Naguib ​
Professor Ahmed Naguib

Naguib will study impinging jet arrays at the University of Rostock using Magnetic Resonance Velocimetry and Thermometry (MRV/T). He will learn from international experts and study three-dimensional thermofluidic phenomena encountered in impinging jet arrays. 

The arrays, Naguib explained, are used in a wide range of applications, including the cooling of gas turbine blades.

“If the cooling ability of the jet arrays can be enhanced, the fuel conversion efficiency would be increased,” he said, “and hence the exhaust gases emission decreased in electric power generation using gas turbines and in commercial flight employing jet engines.

“I will learn a state of the art, unique flow diagnostic technique that makes use of medical MRI machines,” he continued. “I plan to develop the same capability at MSU, which will broaden and strengthen my research capabilities and advance the work in this field.”

Naguib will travel to Germany from Jan. 1 through the end of May, 2022.

The highly coveted Fulbright grants are issued by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to foster international academic exchange. Each year, about 1,200 U.S. scholars study in 160 countries.

Naguib’s Fulbright grant enhances a prior collaboration he had in Germany in 2014 at the Technical University of Darmstadt. The new round of research will be with Professor Sven Grundmann, head of the Fluid Mechanics Institution at Rostock, where there is an MRI machine solely dedicated to fluid mechanics research. 

“This unique situation will allow me to gain in-depth expertise in MRI diagnostic methods of fluid mechanics in the relatively short time of the Fulbright experience,” he added.

Naguib has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He also completed a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually to 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars, along with several hundred teachers and professionals. More than 300,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the program since 1946.

Student writer Kee-Ri Burkitt contributed to this story.