Omar Knio, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Omar Knio received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 from MIT.  He held a postdoctoral associate position at MIT, before joining the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 1991. In 2011, he joined the MEMS Department at Duke, where he also serves as Director of the Pratt School of Engineering Decisions Under Uncertainty Thrust. Knio held a visiting professor position at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2001, and at the Université du Havre in 1997.  He was visiting lecturer at the Institut für Technische Mechanik in Aachen, Germany, in 1994, and also held visiting scientist positions at Sandia National Laboratories from 1996-2001, and at the Free University in Berlin in 1999 and 2000. Knio co-founded Reactive NanoTechnologies Inc., in 2001, and has served as its Senior Vice President from 2001-2008. He is the recipient of an Associated Western Universities Faculty Fellowship Award in 1996, a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award in 2003, and an R&D100 Award in 2005. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics and of ISRN Applied Mathematics.  He has co-authored over 80 archival journal papers, two books, and is an inventor on 11 patents. Knio's research interests include uncertainty quantification, computational fluid mechanics, energetic materials, oceanic and atmospheric flows, physical acoustics, chemically-reacting flow, and asymptotic and stochastic techniques. To learn more about Omar, visit his faculty webpage.