Group members

Aslan Kasimov, Assistant Professor of Applied Math and Computational Science

Room 4-2226, KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900, KSA. P: 966-12-808-0340, E:

Ph.D in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004. M.Sc. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, U. Virginia, 1999. Diploma of Engineer-Physicist, Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute, Russia, 1993.

KAUST founding faculty member, 2009-now. Instructor and lecturer in applied mathematics at MIT, 2005-2009.

Interested in fluid dynamics theory and experiments, detonation theory, shock waves, hyperbolic partial differential equations, dispersive PDE, numerical methods, quantum fluids, quantum mechanics.

Belkacem Said-Houari, Post-doctoral researcher


Dr. Belkacem Said-Houari received his Ph.D degree in partial differential equations (hyperbolic problems and nonclassical thermoelasticity) from Annaba University (Algeria) in 2005.

He defended his HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) from Savoie University in France in 2009 on the study of nonlinear evolution problems of hyperbolic type. Before coming to KAUST in January 2011, Dr. Said-Houari has held postdoctoral positions in Toulouse University (France), in Savoie University (France), and in Konstanz University (Germany).

His research interests focus on analysis of hyperbolic PDE (e.g. in thermoelasticity, Timoshenko systems, nonlinear wave equations), integro-differential equations, parabolic and hyperbolic-parabolic PDE.

He is the author or co-author of 45 research papers published in refereed international journals.

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Roman Semenko, Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr. Semenko received his PhD degree in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University in 2011.

His research interests focus on analysis of partial differential equations of hyperbolic and parabolic type, such as problems of the shock waves stability. He is also interested in complex and functional analysis.

Current research focus is on understanding the structure of gaseous detonation in porous media, in particular, on the role of heat and momentum losses in the existence of stationary traveling wave solutions of the reactive Euler equations.

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Svyatoslav Korneev, Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr. Korneev received his PhD degree in Theoretical Physics from the Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2012.

He is a fan of numerical simulations and enjoys building computer clusters, parallel programming (including for GPU), and scientific visualization. His scientific interests lie in the theory and numerical simulations of nonlinear waves in condensed matter physics and recently also in gas dynamics.

Current research focus is on high-resolution numerical simulation of gaseous detonation in non-uniform upstream flows.

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Hamid Ait Abderrahmane, Postdoctoral Researcher


Hamid received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University, Canada.

His interests are in fluid mechanics theory and experiments. He especially enjoys unravelling complex hidden structures, such as chaotic attractors, in the data coming from either experiment or numerical simulations.

Current research focus is on understanding the structure and dynamics of a polygonal hydraulic jump. Hamid carries experiments in our laboratory and works on modeling the observed dynamics of the polygonal jump.

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Illia Shevchenko, Engineer


Illia holds an M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Russia.

He supports the laboratory experiments and is responsible for the design, maintenance, and often making of our experimental equipment.

Luiz Faria, PhD student


Luiz received his B.Sc. degree with honors in mathematics from Texas A&M and an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from KAUST in 2011.

Luiz's interests are in hyperbolic PDE, the theory of detonation dynamics, simplified analog and asymptotic models of detonation, onset of chaos and its characterization.

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Dmitry Kabanov, PhD student


Dmitry received his M.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 2010.

Dmitry's research interests are in the theory and simulation of detonation instability in gaseous mixtures accounting for complex chemistry.

Nail Ussembayev, PhD student


Nail received his B.Sc. degrees with in mathematics and physics from Indiana University in 2009.

Nail's research focus is on fluid dynamical analogs of quantum phenomena.

Francisco Obando (former MS student, graduated with a thesis in Summer 2013), heading to R&D in a good place.


Received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico).

Interested in mathematical physics, fluid dynamics, hyperbolic PDEs, and the visualization of solutions to mathematical models.

Francisco's research is centered around the theme of fluid dynamical analogs of quantum phenomena. In particular, he is interested in experiments and modeling of droplets bouncing and walking on a vibrating bath of fluid.

Former members

Rana Parshad, (former post-doctoral researcher), now assistant professor of mathematics at Clarkson University, USA.


Dr. Rana Parshad received his PhD degree in Mathematics in 2009 from Florida State University in the US. His thesis focused on the analysis of the long time behavior of convective flows in porous media.

Prior to starting at KAUST in March 2011, he was a post doctoral researcher in the dynamical systems group at Clarkson University, in the US.

His research interests are in the analysis and modeling of partial differential equations of parabolic type. He is also interested in hyperbolic PDE, applied dynamical systems, and stochastic PDE. His primary focus is in the applications of these areas in biological phenomena and fluid mechanics.

He is an avid squash player in his spare time.

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Jesus Sierra (former MS student) now PhD student with P. Markowich at KAUST


Jesus received his M.Sc. degree with thesis in Applied Mathematics from KAUST in 20011. His research interest is in the analysis and computation of solutions of PDE describing quantum fluids.