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Dr Md Nafiz Chowdhury

Dr Md Nafiz Chowdhury

  • Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science
  • Senior Research Associate


I received my MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota and Texas A&M University, respectively. Upon finishing my PhD, I joined Oxford University in 2017 to take up a post-doctoral position in the engineering science department. After 2 years of post-doc, I started working as a senior researcher in the department where I manage the Engine Component Aerothermal Test (ECAT) Facility at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute. This is a major test facility for high technology-readiness-level research, new technology demonstration, and engine component validation for aircraft engines. I have been in Lincoln since 2022 as a lecturer in Engineering Science.

College teaching

I teach a range of thermo-fluid topics to first, second, and third-year undergraduates at Lincoln.


My research interests cover many aspects of gas turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer, including the investigation of novel cooling technologies. I’m also interested in understanding the application of the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) process in parts manufacturing at an engine scale including film cooling holes and internal cooling features. I also specialised in a variety of advanced measurement techniques including Infrared thermography, Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP), Temperature Sensitive Paint (TSP) and Liquid Crystal.

Select publications

Michaud M., Chowdhury N. H. K., and Povey T., “Experimental Study of Impact Of In-Service Deterioration On Thermal Performance Of High Pressure Nozzle Guide Vanes,” ASME J. of Turbomachinery, 2022

Cartilage J. Chowdhury N. H. K., and Povey T., “Performance Characteristics of a Divergent Vortex Tube,” Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2022

Michaud M., Ornano F., Chowdhury N. H. K., and Povey T., “Methodology for high accuracy infrared calibration in environments with through-wall heat flux,” J. of the Global Power and Propulsion Society, 2020; 4: 1–13

Shiau C. C., Chowdhury N. H. K., Han J. C., Moghadam A. M., and Riahi A., “Transonic Turbine-Vane Film Cooling with Showerhead Effect Using Pressure-Sensitive Paint Measurement Technique”, AIAA J. of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 2018

Chowdhury N. H. K., Qureshi S. A., and Han J. C., “Influence of Leading Edge Profile on Showerhead Film Cooling of Turbine Blade”, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2017