Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Tech, 2021
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd Univ of Petroleum and Minerals, 2014
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Tech, 2011
Additional Education & Training
  • Received certified training from GUNT Hamburg for compression refrigeration system and centrifugal pump.
  • Got certified training on Hot Disk TPS 500S thermal constants analyzer.
Professional Honors
  • Recipient of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) from the Government of Hong Kong.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Dr. Farooq is a thermal and fluids engineering specialist with over 9 years of research experience. He has diverse experiences in areas of engineering design, prototyping, testing, thermal/fluid analysis, exergo-economic analysis and stress analysis. 

Dr. Farooq has expertise in thermal management, spray/dropwise cooling, advanced thermal fluids, high heat flux device cooling, droplet evaporation and boiling, surface wetting and wicking, phase change dynamics, colloidal dispersions, porous residues, rheology, dispersion stability, surfactants, humidification-dehumidification and HVAC systems. He worked on various research projects such as solar-powered absorption chillers, solar desalination systems, earth-air pipe heat exchangers and thermal management of high-power electronics.

Dr. Farooq has experience with optical characterization techniques such as optical tensiometry and high-speed imaging; thermal characterization techniques such as infrared imaging, thermal conductivity analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry; rheological characterization techniques such as viscometry; colloid characterization techniques such as zeta potential/nanoparticle size analysis and UV-vis spectrophotometry; colloid stabilization techniques such as steric and electrostatic stabilization, colloid synthesis techniques such as ultrasonication bath and probe sonication, and surface characterization techniques such as electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), optical microscopy and optical profilometry. He is proficient in finite element analysis (FEA) and modeling software such as Solidworks, COMSOL Multiphysics, and Ansys Fluent, mathematical software such as MATLAB and Engineering Equation Solver (EES), and real-time data monitoring software such as LabView.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Farooq worked as a research assistant at the Center of Research Excellence-Renewable Energy at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. There he designed storage systems to address intermittency issues in solar absorption chillers. Dr. Farooq also worked as a design engineer for a start-up company and later held a lecturer position at the University in Madina.