Sreenivasa Rao Gubba, Ph.D.


Research Scientist


KAUST, Al-Kindi-Building #5, Room #4328, Thuwal 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia

Research Interests

Experienced in proposing, planning, owning, branding and executing the multi-disciplinary projects by leading global teams. Provided innovative solutions that enabled improvement of performance of energy systems. Experienced in Combustion modelling of Gas Turbines, Reciprocating engines and Boilers for Performance improvement & Emission reduction. Solved fundamental and engineering problems in Aero, Thermal, Combustion, Multi-Phase areas using numerical techniques.

  • Clean energy systems
  • Combustion through Numerical & Experimental Modelling
  • Fuel flexible combustors
  • Emission prediction and control
  • Unsteady turbulent combustion in gas turbines and reciprocating engines
  • Industrial furnaces & burnersExplosions & fire hazards

Selected Publications


  • Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK, 2009
  • M.Sc., by Research, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, 2003
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnma, India, 2000

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Research Scientist, IED & CCRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2020-2021: Research Consultant, CCRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2020: Lead Engineer, Global Research Center, General Electric, Bangalore, India
  • 2011-2012: Lecturer in Thermofluids, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • 2009-2011: Research Fellow, Leeds University, Leeds, UK
  • 2005-2009: University Teacher, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • 2004-2005: Assistant Professor, Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, Hyderabad, India
  • 2002-2004: Assistant Professor, Narasaraopet Engineering College, Narasaraopet, India


  • 2019 Spotlight Award from project Leader
  • 2019 Bravo Award from EHS Leader
  • 2019 Synergy award from Aero-thermal-Combustion Technology Director
  • 2018 Prestigious “India Technology Award” for digital BTL solution from GE India
  • 2017 Bronze ‘Above & Beyond’ award for ‘Deliver results in an uncertain world’
  • 2016 Bronze ‘Above & Beyond’ award for ‘Deliver results in an uncertain world’
  • 2015 Silver ‘Above & Beyond’ award for Learn and adapt to win
  • 2015 Bronze ‘Above & Beyond’ award for Empower and inspire each other
  • 2013 Bronze ‘Above & Beyond’ award for Inclusiveness
  • 2013 Bronze ‘Above & Beyond’ award for External Focus
  • 2012 Two Bronze ‘Above & Beyond’ awards for Expertise
  • 2011 Won Best Paper Award in HEFAT conference, Mauritius, 11-13 July 2011
  • 2010 The Royal Society travel grant to attend combustion symposium in China
  • 2010 Combustion institute (British section) travel grant to attend symposium in China
  • 2010 8th Osborne Reynolds research awards, ERCOFTAC (6th out of 54 applicants)
  • 2009 Nominated for ‘Hinshelwood prize for combustion’ Combustion institute, UK
  • 2005-’08 Loughborough University International Student PhD Scholarship, UK
  • 2000-’02 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India, MS Scholarship
  • 2000 All India 970 rank in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
  • 2000 Andhra university second rank among the graduating class of 2000
  • 1995 Secured 40th rank at state level engineering entrance examinations (CEEP)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Computational Combustion Emission reduction​ Alternative Energy Inverse Diffusion Flames