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Kiger, Kenneth

Kiger, Kenneth

Keystone Professor
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Brain and Behavior Institute
1131U Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1995


  • National Science Foundation CAREER Initiation Award, 1997.


  • Reviewer for National Science Foundation
  • Referee for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, Experiments in Fluids, International Journal of Multiphase Flow
  • Experimental Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Organizing Committee for the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (2000)

Fluid mechanics and experimental techniques, specifically in the topics of multi-phase flows, particle/turbulence interaction, and turbulent mixing in complex geometries. Current project topics include applying Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to the suspension of sediment in turbulent channel flows, air entrainment by plunging liquid jets, fundamental dynamics of spray cooling for electronic applications, and the effects of turbulent mixing on safety issues within Pressurized Water Reactors of nuclear power plants.


  • Lee, J., J. Kim, and K.T. Kiger, “Time and Space Resolved Heat Transfer Characteristics of Single Droplet Cooling Using Microscale Heater Arrays,” Intl. J. of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 188-200, 2001.
  • Kiger, K. T., and F. Gavelli, “Boron Mixing in Complex Geometries: Flow Structure Details,” Nuclear Engineering and Design, 208, pp. 67-85, 2001.


  • Gavelli F., and K.T. Kiger, “High Resolution Boron Dilution Measurements Using Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF),” Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 195, pp 13-25, 2000.
  • Chirichella, D., R. Gomez-Ledesma, K.T. Kiger, and J.H. Duncan, “Air Entrainment by a Plunging Liquid Jet Translating Over a Free Surface,” Physics of Fluids (Gallery of Fluid Motion, photographs and abstract), Vol. 12, No. 9, pp. S4, 2000.
  • Kiger, K.T., and C. Pan, “PIV Technique for Simultaneous Measurement of Dilute Two-phase Flows,” Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 122, pp. 811-818, 2000.

Kiger Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for his achievements in research and pedagogy.

Huertas Cerdeira Joins UMD Mechanical Engineering Faculty

The department’s newest hire specializes in robotics and fluid mechanics.

Kiger Named Clark School Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs

Professor brings a career focused on scholarship and excellence to new position.

Chow and Niezelski Named 2015-2016 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

Mechanical Engineering seniors Ryan Chow and Sarah Niezelski selected as 2015-2016 scholars.

Alumni Share Career Insights with Students

Course offers students a front row seat to learn about the many diverse career options in Mechanical Engineering.

Alumni Help Students Explore Career Paths in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering thanks alumni who participated in the Fall 2014 Career Paths course.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering to Host 7th Fischell Festival

Annual event invites everyone to learn more about biomedical engineering.

Duncan Receives Wilson H. Elkins Professorship

Mechanical Engineering Professor James Duncan awarded professorship to expand research in hydrodynamics.

Terry Island Receives the Provost’s Academic Advisor of the Year Award

Mechanical Engineering staff member honored for restructuring undergrad student advising, improving retention and graduation rates.

Kiger Promoted to Full Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Kenneth Kiger’s promotion and appointment reflect the positive impact of his teaching and research.

Two Mechanical Engineering Professors Awarded ADVANCE Grants

Profs. Sarah Bergbreiter and Kenneth Kiger collaborate with faculty from a variety of disciplines on research projects with engineering applications.

Regents Recognize Kiger for Teaching

Mechanical engineering professor receives one of the Board of Regents' highest honors.

Spring Engineering Commencement Ends on a Delightful Note

ME department says a fond farewell to 2009 graduates.

Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement

Conservation advocate Philip Hannam serves as student speaker.