Hong G. Im, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Professor of Mechanical Engineering​​

Research Interests

Hong Im’s research interests are primarily fundamental and practical aspects of combustion and power generation devices using high-fidelity computational modeling.  Recent research topics include ignition/extinction, unsteady flame phenomena, DNS/LES of turbulent reacting flows, nonpremixed edge-flame dynamics, modeling of homogeneous charge compression ignition engines, modelling of sooting flames, and micro-scale power generation.

Selected Publications

N. Atef, G. Kukkadapu, S. Y. Mohamed, M. Al-Rashidi, C. Banyon, M. Mehl, K. A. Heufer, E. F. Nasir, A. Alfazazi, A. K. Das
Combustion and Flame, 178, 111134, (2017)
M. Jaasim, F.E. Hernández Pérez, S. Vedharaj, R. Vallinayagam, B. Johansson, H.G. Im
SAE Technical Paper, 0148-7191, (2017)
H.A. Uranakara, S. Chaudhuri, H.L. Dave, P.G. Arias, H.G. Im
Combustion and Flame 163, 220-240, (2016)
P. Selvaraj, P.G. Arias, B.J. Lee, H.G. Im, Y. Wang, Y. Gao, S. Park, S.M. Sarathy
Combustion and Flame 163, 427-436, (2016)
​H.G. Im, P. Pal, M.S. Wooldridge, A.B. Mansfield
Combust. Sci. Tech., 187:8, 1263-1275, (2015)


  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, 1994
  • M. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1988
  • B. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1986

Professional Profile

  • 2013 – present: Professor, CCRC, KAUST
  • 2000 – present: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1996 – 1999: Postdoctoral Researcher, Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA.
  • 1994 – 1996: Research Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • 2007 - present: AIAA, Technical Committee, Propellant and Combustion
  • 2008 - present: Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • 2008 - present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Combustion
  • Membership: The Combustion Institute, AIAA, ASME, SAE, SIAM, KSEA.


  • ​​2012: ASME, Fellow
  • 2009: AIAA, Associate Fellow
  • 2004: SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • 2004: Faculty Development Fund, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
  • 2002: National Science Foundation, CAREER Award
  • 1990: Grumman Graduate Prize, Princeton University

KAUST Affiliations

​Mechanical Engineering, Clean Combustion Research Center       

Non-KAUST Affiliations