Research Interests

​Dr. Wakil is working on thermal systems for cooling and desalination and their hybridization (Multi-effect Desalination, Absorption Chiller, Adsorption Chiller and Desiccant Dehumidifier) for overall system performance improvements. He is also working on heat transfer improvement specially for falling film evaporators at low temperature operation (<50C). He developed a correlation for falling film heat transfer coefficient. He is also working on economic analysis of single and hybrid systems. He developed a model for primary fuel cost apportionment in dual-purpose plants based on exergy analysis. He is also involves, system design, P & ID and P & FD development, system installation and its integration. He also has expertise on complex system modelling and simulation.

Selected Publications

Education Profile


  • Ph.D., Mechanical (Seawater Desalination Specialization), NUS, Singapore, 2014
  • B.Sc., Mechanical, UET, Lahore, Pakistan, 2007

Professional Profile


  • 2014-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2014: Teaching Assistant, NUS, Singapore
  • 2008-2010: Drilling Engineer, OGDCL, Islamabad, Pakistan ​

Scientific and Professional Memberships


  • ​American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)​



  • Best Paper for "Solar Thermal Rating: A methodology for evaluating the long term performance of renewable energy systems", 6th International Meetings of Advances in Thermofluids, NUS, Singapore, 2013
  • Best Paper for "An Improved Cost Apportionment for Desalination Combined with Power Plant: An Exergetic Analyses", 7th International Meetings of Advances in Thermofluids (IMAT), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014

KAUST Affiliations


  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​