Dr Fadi Ghaith

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Head of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Fadi Ghaith


Over the past two decades, Dr Ghaith has served at different positions in academia and  industry. He is the Head of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus. He has been a University Senate member since 2015. He joined the University Court in 2018 and served as a member of many University Court and Senate Committees.

Dr Ghaith is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He delivers many mechanical and Energy Engineering courses at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.


Academic Leadership and Affiliations:

  • Head of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (2022-Present)
  • Global Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2021-2022)
  • Dean of Science and Engineering, Heriot Watt University (2018-2020)
  • Associate Director of Combined Studies, Heriot Watt University, Dubai Campus (2011-2022)
  • Fellow and Chartered Engineer in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng FIMechE)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Consultant Engineer (CE) and Professional Engineer (PE) in Jordan Engineers Association
  • Fellow of the Association of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers (AMAE)


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering
    King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering
    University of Jordan 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and learning (PG CAP)
    Heriot-Watt University 
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering
    University of Jordan 

Dr Ghaith led multidisciplinary research in the areas of renewable energy, heat transfer and engineering education. His recent research focuses on solar powered cooling systems, integrated earth air heat exchangers and solar desalination. He employs his research to shape his teaching approach and provides students with research informed teaching. He has more than 43 technical papers that have been published in peer-reviewed international journals and presented in refereed international conferences.

The excellence of his publications can be viewed by their high industrial impact and integration between research and industrial needs. During the past years, Dr Ghaith developed new collaborations with major industrial firms for the purpose of attracting industrial grants and/or to expose engineering students to the latest areas of research within the local market.

Among employing his industrial experience, he supervised 2 PhD students, 18 MSc students and more than 36 engineering final year projects within industrial-oriented projects which focused on the new technologies of mechanical engineering and renewable energy.

Dr Ghaith has many external roles; Consultant, Principal Investigator, and reviewer of external funded research projects and he served as Chair in many international conferences. On the industrial side, he held different positions in the Oil and Gas industry such as Design and Development Engineer, technical purchasing manager and Engineering Consultant (2002-2010). During his service in these positions, he led many projects which exceeded the value of 10 million USD.


Veliathur Chinnasamy Srinivasan, C., Soori, P. K., & Ghaith, F. A. (2024). Techno-Economic Feasibility of the Use of Floating Solar PV Systems in Oil Platforms. Sustainability, 16(3), [1039]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su16031039

Faqihi, B., & Ghaith, F. (2023). A novel design of heat recovery system from exhaust stacks’ silencers in a simple cycle gas turbine. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 148, [107068]. 

Faqihi, B & Ghaith, F., 2023. A comprehensive review and evaluation of heat recovery methods from gas turbine exhaust systems. International Journal of Thermofluids. 18, 100347.

Ghaith, F. and Dag, R. O., 2022. Performance and feasibility of utilizing solar powered ice storage system for space cooling application, Energy Conversion and Management X. 16, 100319

Abdul Waris and Fadi Ghaith, (2022). Applications of Solar powered greywater treatment systems in residential applications. ASME Power 2022. https://doi.org/10.1115/POWER2022-85201

Heba Najini, Mutasim Nour, Al Zuhair Sulaiman, Fadi Ghaith (2020).  Techno-Economic Analysis of Green Building Codes in United Arab Emirates Based on a Case Study Office Building. Sustainability 12(21) 8773.

Fadi A. Ghaith, H. Razzaq (2017). Performance of solar powered cooling system using Parabolic Trough Collector in UAE.  Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments. 23, pp. 21-32

Link to all publications at: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/fadi-ghaith​​​​​​​