Reza Abhari has been full professor of energy technologies and the Director of Laboratory for Energy Conversion (LEC) at ETH Zurich since 1999.
Prof. Abhari received his BA/MA degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and his PhD from the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Department of MIT in 1991. Following his PhD, he held various senior research positions in the aerospace industry. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the Ohio State University with a joint appointment in Aerospace Engineering Department and the Mechanical Engineering Department.
His group focuses in research on developing break-through technologies for a broad range of scientific and technological areas with societal impact. Current research involves analytical, computational and experimental research and education related to technology and economics of turbomachinery, gas turbine technology, wind energy, power generation systems, aerospace, advanced diagnostic sensor and actuator technologies, and semiconductor industries.
Prof. Abhari has published more than 200 research articles in peer refereed journals and conferences. He has been a keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide. Among many other awards, he received the ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award for long-standing contributions to gas turbine science, technology and industry. He was the Christensen Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford University in 2010.
Prof. Abhari is Co-Founder and Chair of the Global Power and Propulsion Society (GPPS), fellow of ASME and a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). He is a member of several internatinal and national research committees as well as a technical and strategic advisor to several multi-national corporations.