Rafael Menaca

Master Students

Ms/Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

My research interests are in computational fluid dynamics focused on the future generation of highly-efficient internal combustion engines and computational modeling of new technologies for positively impacting global warming mitigation. 


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Antioquia, Colombia, 2022 

Professional Profile

  • 2022-present: MSc./Ph.D. Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

  • 2021-2022: Visiting Student Research Program, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • Best student of Mechanical Engineering, University of Antioquia (five times)

  • DAAD Scholarship: Combined Study and Practice stays for Engineers from Developing Countries (KOSPIE) 2020/2021, Germany

  • Academic excellence award, University of Antioquia (three times)

  • Young Researcher CODI, University of Antioquia 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Internal Combustion Engines computational fluid dynamics Combustion Modelling Decarbonization Computation Fluid Mechanics