Kashif Nawaz

Group Leader Multifunctional Equipment Integration & Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Kashif Nawaz earned his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Technology in Pakistan in 2007 and his MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2010 and 2013 respectively. After graduation he joined the Heat Transfer Center of Excellence at Johnson Controls (JCI), where he worked as Senior Heat Transfer Engineer until 2016. During the same period, he also worked as adjunct faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. In 2016 he joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he is currently working as a senior scientist in the Building Equipment Research Group with a joint appointment to the Tennessee Technology University at Cookeville, TN.  

Over the past fifteen years of active research and development work, Dr. Nawaz has established himself as a leader in fundamental and applied energy conversation science and technology. He is widely recognized for his work in different aspects of buildings heating, cooling, dehumidification systems including novel heat exchanger, enhanced phase change processes through the deployment of additive manufacturing, porous media and surface morphology, heat pump air and water heating, efficient separate sensible and latent cooling systems and emerging refrigerants. He has pioneered the development of a new generation of high-temperature heat exchanger manufactured with ceramics and composites using additive manufacturing. More recently, his research has led to the development of unique concepts for direct air capture of carbon dioxide using existing buildings infrastructure.

He is leading or has led multiple projects focused on natural gas-based buildings equipment and appliances including ultra-compact boiler and thermo-vacuum clothes drying. Dr. Nawaz has authored or coauthored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications including journal articles, conference papers and reports. He has more than 20 invention disclosure and two provisional patents on heat exchanger design and energy conversion processes. Dr. Nawaz is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguish Service Award by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), JCI Excellence in Innovation during 2016, and the UIUC Alumni Teaching Fellow Award during 2011 and 2012. He has served as reviewer for leading journals including the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, International Journal of Refrigeration, Energy, Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Carbon, Applied Physics Letters and Langmuir.   


 ASHRAE Distinguish Service Award, 2018.
 Johnson Controls Inc. merit award for excellence in research and innovation, 2015.
 Alumni Teaching Fellowship Award, 2012.
 Alumni Teaching Fellowship Award, 2011.
 ASHRAE grant-in aid graduate student fellowship, 2011.