Ponnya Hlaing


​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of pre-chamber combustion (PCC) for efficiency improvements and emission reductions in the internal combustion engines, especially in the heavy duty and marine sector. My research interest lies in understanding the influence of pre-chamber geometry and the complex interactions between the pre- and the main chamber.

Selected Publications

  • Effects of Pre-chamber Enrichment on Lean Burn Pre-chamber Spark Ignition Combustion with a Narrow-throat Geometry
    P. Hlaing, M. Echeverri Marquez, E. Singh, F. Almatrafi, E. Cenker, M. Ben Houidi, B. Joha...
     SAE Technical Paper 2020-01-0825, (2020)
  • A Study of Lean Burn Pre-chamber Concept in a Heavy-Duty Engine
    P. Hlaing, M. E. Marquez, V. B. Shankar, E. Cenker, M. Ben Houidi, B. Johansson
    SAE Technical Paper 2019-24-0107, (2019)


  • ​M.Sc., Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2016
  • B.Eng., Marine Engineering, Myanmar Maritime University, Thanlyin, Myanmar, 2012

Professional Profile

  • ​2013-2014: Marine Engineer, Raffles Technical Services, Singapore, Singapore
  • 2015-2015: Marine Engineer, American President Line, Singapore, Singapore

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • The Society of Automotive Engineering​​
  • The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, USA.
  • The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, UK.



  • ​KAUST Fellowship, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal
  • International Student Scholarship, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Pre-chamber combustion PCC Internal Combustion Engines Lean Combustion Natural Gas Engines