Desmond Adair, PhD

PhD Programme Director for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, PhD Programme Director for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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Engineering Thermodynamics


Flight Stability

Sustainable Vehicular Transport Systems

Numerical Methods

Research interests

Flight Dynamics


Structural Vibrations

Renewable Energy

Hydrogen Technology

Numerical & Analytical Methods

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Prof. Adair received his PhD from Imperial College, University of London. He subsequently worked at various reseach establishments in the UK and the US, namely, NASA-Ames Research Center, California, National Institute of Science & Technology, Maryland, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Maryland. He then went on to work for British Aerospace. More recently Prof. Adair was a Senior Lecturer with the University of Tasmania before joining Nazarbayev University.

He received several awards in recent years:

Gulf Medal 1991 (Awarded by the Queen)

GHQ Award for Excellence, RSAF 1995, (Awarded by the Head of the Royal Saudi Airforce)

 State Medal for Merit in Development of Science within the Republic of Kazakhstan 2014 (Awarded by the Minister of Edcation for Kazahstan)

State Medal for Honoured Worker in Education within the Republic of Kazakhstan 2015 (Awarded by the President of Kazakhstan)

Nazarbayev University Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching, 2017, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan

Green Campus Innovation Competition - Winner, 2020 (Awarded by Chevron)


Education/Academic qualification

Aerodynamics, Diploma of Imperial College

Award Date: Mar 10 1986

Aerodynamics, PhD, High Lift Flow over a Trailing-Edge Flap

Award Date: Mar 10 1986

Curriculum Studies, D.A.S.E., Bruner's Theories Applied to Teaching Applied Mechanics

Award Date: Jul 6 1980

Mechanical Engineering, BSc(Hons)

Award Date: Jul 3 1971

External positions

University of Tasmania Honorary University Associate (2010-2019)


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