Mehdi Nazarinia

Director of Academic Quality
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
+971 4 571 7000
Mehdi Nazarinia


Dr Nazarinia is a Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Renewable Energy at Heriot-Watt University (HWU), Dubai. He is specialised in experimental fluid dynamics and aerodynamics of vehicles such as ground transportation systems, vehicles, airplane wing and winglets, and wind turbines.


November 2022 – present: Academic Integrity Group, Chair, Heriot-Watt University

August 2022 – present: University Discipline Committee (UDC) - Vice Chair, Heriot-Watt University

November 2020 – present: Director of Academic Quality, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

January 2018 – May 2021: Associate Director of Learning and Teaching, Dubai Campus, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

July 2015 – December 2018: Programme Director of Studies - Mechanical Engineering, Dubai Campus, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

August 2016 – July 2022: Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Dubai Campus

February 2012 – July 2016: Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Dubai Campus

November 2010 – November 2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Australia

November 2009 – March 2011: Wind tunnel test engineer, Duty support officer, Monash Wind Tunnel, Monash University, Australia

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow Member FIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), Engineers Australia
  • MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), Engineers Australia
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA), Advance HE
  • Fellow Member (FIMechE), Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council
  • Member, Australasian Fluid & Thermal Engineering Society
  • Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
  • Appeal Committee Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Academic Integrity Network Member, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Academic Liaison Officer (ALO), Institution of Mechanical Engineers

For further details refer to Prof Nazarinia’s LinkedIn Page.


PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Monash University

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and learning (PG CAP), Heriot-Watt University


Professor Nazarinia’s renewable research expands over a wider range of topics, he has for example worked on design of solar tracking control mechanism, design of solar concentrated photovoltaic receiver, wind turbine siting over a forward-facing step, design of a solar waste compactor, design of solar pumping for irrigation lines and swimming pools, and helical coil solar thermal receiver for low-cost solar collection rig.

He also has supervised master and undergraduate research students in projects in HVAC and building services in collaboration with Industrial companies such as Daikin Middle East, Trox, Burohappold, Desert Group, Wilo Middle East, Green Solutions and many more. Some of the project titles are: Effective U-value of wall assemblies, Experimental investigation of building air tightness, Post construction testing of building envelope: Significance of in-situ U-value measurements for wall assemblies, Indoor/Outdoor Air Exchange – Balancing Energy, Building Comfort and Health Issues in Extreme Climate, Sustainable Master Planning of Communities, Zero Energy Villa, District Cooling Studies, Earth based Construction, and recently assessing the power consumption data of inverter and non-inverter air conditioners.

Professor Nazarinia’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.


Professor Nazarinia has published in more than 70 reputable journals and peer reviewed conferences.

Summary of his key publications are available on: Mehdi Nazarinia — Heriot-Watt Research Portal (