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Gupta, Ashwani K.

Gupta, Ashwani K.

Distinguished University Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
2159 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • D.Sc., 2013, Southampton University, UK
  • D.Sc., 1986, University of Sheffield, England
  • Ph.D., 1973, University of Sheffield, England


Professor Ashwani K. Gupta has been a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1983, following six years at MIT as a member of the research staff in the Energy Laboratory and Department of Chemical Engineering, and three years at Sheffield University as an independent research worker and research fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology.  He has over 40 years of experience in Combustion engineering since his graduation from Southampton University in 1970, and is the author of over 700 technical papers, three books, 12 edited books, and 12 book chapters. In 2016, Dr. Gupta was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), UK, the highest professional recognition bestowed by the RAeS.  He is currently Honorary Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics AIAA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). More about Dr. Gupta on Wikipedia. 


  • Honoris Causa Doctorate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2014)
  • Honoris Causa Doctorate, King Mungkut University of Technology North Bangkok, Bestowed by the Princess of Thailand (2014)
  • Honoris Causa Doctorate, University of Derby, UK (2015)
  • Honorary Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Institute of Energy U.K., Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K., and American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • ASME George Westinghouse Gold Medal (1998)
  • ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal Award (2003)
  • University of Maryland President Kirwan Research Award (2003)
  • ASME James N. Landis Medal (2004)
  • University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Research Award (2006)
  • ASME Worcester Reed Warner Medal (2008)
  • Distinguished University Professor (2008)
  • ASME Holly Medal (2010)
  • ASME-AIM Percey Nichols Award (2011)
  • AIAA Energy Systems Award (1990), Propellants and Combustion Award (1999), and Air Breathing Propulsion Award (2014)
  • ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award (2015)
  • ASME Honorary Member (2016)
  • AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award (2017)
  • ASME Soichiro Honda Medal (2018)
  • Seven Best Paper Awards by AIAA and ASME
  • Gave over 80 Plenary/Keynote/Invited presentations at international conferences and organizations during the past 15 years


  • Editor in Chief of APEC Youth Scientist Journal
  • Editor of Journal of Applied Energy
  • Associate Editor of International Fuel Sprays and Combustion Dynamics
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Sustainable Energy and Environment
  • Editor, Energy and Engineering Science Series, CRC Press
  • Associate Editor, J. Prop. and Power;
  • Chair, Board of Boiler Rules, State of Maryland
  • Chair, ASME Fuels and Combustion Tech. Division (1998-2000)
  • Executive Committee Member, ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division (1999-2000)
  • Director of Propulsion and Energy, and Member of Board of Directors, AIAA (2006-2012)
  • Oversight Chair, International Conference on Incineration and Thermal Treatment Technologies (IT3)


  • Swirl flows
  • Combustion
  • Sprays
  • High-temperature air combustion (HiTAC)
  • Biofuels / fuel reforming
  • Distributed combustion
  • Microcombustion
  • Alternative fuels
  • Pollution
  • Gas turbine combustion / Green combustion turbine
  • Nonintrusive diagnostics
  • Thermal destruction of solid and liquid wastes
  • Gasification and pyrolysis
  • Treatment of acid gases and sulfur chemistry
  • Sensors and laser diagnostics
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Fouling and deposition
  • Hypersonics


  • Hussein, A. M. A., Burra, K. G., Bassioni, G., Hammouda, R. M. and Gupta A. K.: Production of CO from CO2 over mixed-metal oxides derived from layered-double-hydroxides, Applied Energy, Vol. 235, February 2019, pp. 1183-1191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.11.040 
  • Burra, K. and Gupta, A. K.: Modeling of Biomass Pyrolysis Kinetics Using Sequential Multi-Step Reaction Model, Fuel Journal, Vol. 237, 2019, pp. 1057-1067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2018.09.097







  • Singh, A., Yu, M., Bryden, K.M. and Gupta, A. K.: Investigation of Noise Radiation from a Swirl Stabilized Diffusion Flame with an Array of Microphones, J. Applied Energy, Vol. 112, pp. 313-324, December 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.034
  • Pang, C., Yu, M., Gupta, A. K. and Bryden, K. M.: Investigation of Smart Multifunctional Optical Sensor Platform and its Application in Optical Sensor Networks, Smart Structures and Systems, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2013, pp. 023-039, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/sss.2013.12.1.023
  • Arghode, V. and Gupta, A.K.: Role of Thermal Intensity on Operational Characteristics of Ultra-Low Emission Colorless Distributed Combustion, J. Applied Energy, Vol. 111, November 2013, pp. 930-956.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.039



  • Abdelhafez, A. and Gupta, A. K., "Effect of Swirl on Mixing in Underexpanded Supersonic Airflow", J. Propulsion and Power, Vol. 27, No. 1, January-February, 2011, pp. 117-131.
  • Ahmed, I. I., Nipattummakul, N., Gupta A. K., "Characteristics of Syngas from Co-Gasification of Polyethylene and Woodchips", J. Applied Energy, Vol. 88, 2011, pp. 165-174.

Ashwani Gupta Receives the Percy Nicholls Award

ME professor recognized for his scientific contributions in the field of solid fuels.

Ashwani Gupta Awarded 2010 ASME Holley Medal

ME professor recognized for contributions to efficient alternative energy methods.

Energy 2030 Conference set for November in Abu Dhabi

ME department collaborates with Petroleum Institute for international event

Ashwani K. Gupta Elevated to SAE Fellow Status

Designation is highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International.

Ashwani K. Gupta Appointed Distinguished University Professor

Designation is the highest academic honor bestowed by the University of Maryland.

Gupta Elected Director of Propulsion & Energy at AIAA

Prof. Ashwani K. Gupta to lead Propulsion & Energy group efforts.

Supersonic Combustion for a Hypersonic Space Plane

Astrox Corporation, University of Maryland discovery could enable two-hour flights from D.C. to Australia.

Professors A.K. Gupta, Ohadi Chair Intl. Energy Conference

Conference held in Abu Dhabi during November 1-2, 2006.

Professor Ashwani K. Gupta Awarded James N. Landis Medal

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ashwani K. Gupta has been awarded the James N. Landis Medal.


Professor Ashwani K. Gupta and his student Sean Archer received Best Paper Award.

Professor Ashwani K. Gupta awarded James Harry Potter Gold Medal

The award consists of a $2000 honararium, vermeil medal and certifcate.

Prof. A.K. Gupta to Receive Kirwan Prize

ME Ashwani K. Gupta has been selected to receive the 2003 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize.

Students Visit Waste-to-Energy Power Plant

Professor Ashwani Gupta's ENME 489W class visited the Waste Management Baltimore RESCO Waste to Energy Conversion Power Plant located in Baltimore.

Eight Mechanical Engineering Faculty Present at ASME Conference

Eight faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering attended, presented, and were divisional chairs at the 2001 ASME Conference.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Honorary Fellow

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Other professional society fellows

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)