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Kiger, Kenneth

Kenneth Kiger
Keystone Professor
Director, Undergraduate Studies
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2188 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • 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.


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

Honors and Awards 

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Initiation Award, 1997.

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • 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)

Selected Publications 


  • 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.

Related News 

Chow and Niezelski Named 2015-2016 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars
Mechanical Engineering seniors Ryan Chow and Sarah Niezelski selected as 2015-2016 scholars. October 15, 2015

Alumni Help Students Explore Career Paths in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering thanks alumni who participated in the Fall 2014 Career Paths course. January 8, 2015

Fischell Department of Bioengineering to Host 7th Fischell Festival
Annual event invites everyone to learn more about biomedical engineering. October 1, 2013

Duncan Receives Wilson H. Elkins Professorship
Mechanical Engineering Professor James Duncan awarded professorship to expand research in hydrodynamics. September 4, 2013

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. August 19, 2013

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. June 11, 2012

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. June 6, 2012

Regents Recognize Kiger for Teaching
Mechanical engineering professor receives one of the Board of Regents' highest honors. February 28, 2012

Spring Engineering Commencement Ends on a Delightful Note
ME department says a fond farewell to 2009 graduates. June 9, 2009

Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement
Conservation advocate Philip Hannam serves as student speaker. May 27, 2009