Safa Saber

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest

I have a broad range of research interests due to previous experimental test flight experience. They include control systems, stability and control dynamics, supersonic and high angle-of-attack flight, experimental combustion, turbojet/turbofan engines, and high risk experimental test design.


  • M.Sc., Flight Test Engineering, United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards, California, USA, 2011
  • M.Sc., Physics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA, 2011
  • B.Sc., Physics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, 2001

Professional Profile

  • 2020: PhD student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2020: 737-NG/Max pilot, Oman Air
  • 2017-2019: 737-NG/Max pilot, American Airlines
  • 2015-2017: Airline Transport Pilot training & Arabic language acquisition
  • 2012-2014: USAF Director of Operations and Lead Test Pilot, F15SA Test Program, California, USA
  • 2011-2013: F16 Instructor Test Pilot, California, USA
  • 2010-2011: United States Air Force Test Pilot School student, Edwards, California, USA
  • 2007-2010: F15 Flight Commander, Okinawa, Japan
  • 2003-2006: T38 Instructor Pilot & Maintenance Flight Check Pilot, Enid, Oklahoma, USA
  • 2002-2003: USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training student
  • 2001-2002: Physics & Chemistry instructor, US Air Force Academy Preparatory School, Colorado, USA

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Control systems stability and control dynamics Experimental Combustion turbojet/turbofan engines supersonic flight high-risk experimental test design