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Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University, 2012
  • MBA, Project Management, Sikkim Manipal University, 2011
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Enigneering, University of Pune, 2008


Dr. Bhupendra Khandelwal joined The University of Alabama as an associate professor for fuels and combustion. He is working on combustion, emissions and performance of alternative fuel to be used in gas turbine engines and other combustion sources.

Prior to this position, Khandelwal held a position of assistant professor and lecturer at the University of Sheffield in the Low Carbon Combustion Centre. He was leading combustion and emissions research areas at LCCC.

Khandelwal is working closely with a large range of industries, government organizations and universities, including U.S. DOE, FAA, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, UK MOD and Dstl.

He is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics senior member; Royal Aeronautical Society member; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Combustion, Fuels and Emissions committee member; and AIAA Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee Member. He is also recipient of a Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholar, ASME IGTI Student Scholar for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012, and the IMechE Grant.

Khandelwal serves as the technical area organizer for AIAA conference and as a reviewer for different scientific journals and U.S. DOE for alternative fuels related projects. He is point of contact for ASME Turbo Expo 2020 on behalf of the alternative fuels technical committee.

His research on fuels, emissions, combustion and combustors is widely published in journals and conferences. He has delivered several invited talks at prestigious conferences and meetings including UK fuels standards committee, Aviation Fuels Committee 2018, Aero India, and Coordinating Research Council. He has also delivered tutorials at international conferences.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper Award 2019, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2020
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society Written Paper Prizes Bronze Award, The Royal Aeronautical Society, 2019
  • Visiting Assistant Professor (Honorary) for Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
  • Chartered Engineer from Engineering Council UK.
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Award, Royal Aeronautical Society, 2012
  • Recipient of ASME IGTI Student Scholar in 2011 and 2012.

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

1. B Aravind, B Khandelwal, PA Ramakrishna, S Kumar, “Towards the development of a high power density, high efficiency, micro power generator” Applied Energy, 261, 114386 (2020). (Impact Factor: 7.9)

2. BA Almohammadi, P Singh, S Sharma, S Kumar, B Khandelwal, “Impact of alkylbenzenes in formulated surrogate fuel on characteristics of compression ignition engine” Fuel, 266, 116981 (2020). (Impact Factor: 5.12)

3. L Zheng, J Cronly, EA Ubogu, I Ahmed, Y Zhang, B Khandelwal, “Experimental Investigation on Alternative Fuel Combustion Performance Using a Gas Turbine Combustor” Applied Energy, 238, 1530-1542 (2019). (Impact Factor: 7.9)

4. B Khandelwal, J Cronly, I Ahmed, CJ Wijesinghe, “The effect of alternative fuels on gaseous and particulate matter (PM) emission performance in an auxiliary power unit (APU)”, The Aeronautical Journal (2019), DOI 10.1017/aer.2019.16. (Impact Factor: 0.97)

5. EA Ubogu, J Cronly, B Khandelwal, S Roy, “Determination of the effective density and fractal dimension of PM emissions from an aircraft auxiliary power unit”, Journal of Environmental Sciences (2018), DOI 10.1016/j.jes.2018.01.027. (Impact Factor: 3.12)