Dr Mehdi Nazarinia

PhD in Mechanical Engineering (fluid mechanics), MSc in Aerospace Engineering (aerodynamics)

Associate Professor
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Mehdi Nazarinia


Associate Director of Learning and Teaching


Dr Mehdi Nazarinia is Associate Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Renewable Energy at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. He specialises in experimental fluid dynamics and the aerodynamics of heavy vehicles in particular. He completed his PhD in fluid mechanics in 2010 at Monash University, Australia.

Before joining Heriot-Watt, he was working in the Monash University Wind Tunnel as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne. He also has an MSc and a BSc in aerospace engineering.

For the past seven years since joining Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, Mehdi has carried out research on renewable energy and in particular solar energy. At the moment he is the Associate Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and a representing senate in UCLT and UDC. He is also an IMechE Academic Liaison Officer.

Mehdi is also involved in various industrial projects in the UAE in the field of solar energy. He has been published in more than 30 reputable journals so far.


Dr Mehdi's research interests are experimental fluids mechanics, aerodynamics, wind turbine performance, solar energy, solar collectors and renewable energy in general.

His specialisations are particle image velocimetry (PIV), aerodynamics, renewable energy, wind energy, building airtightness and gas dynamics.