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Aslan Kasimov holds a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical  and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received in 2004. He obtained his undergraduate education at Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute (MEPhI) graduating in 1993 with a degree in chemical physics. Prior to joining Skoltech, Prof. Kasimov was a lecturer and instructor in applied mathematics at the Department of Mathematics of MIT (2005-2009), served as a founding faculty at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, 2009-2016), and held a position in the Tamm Theoretical Physics Department at the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He was a recipient of a US AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2007 for his work on detonation theory and of a number of graduate awards at the University of Illinois. He has substantial teaching and advising experience at both graduate and undergraduate levels at MIT and KAUST. At KAUST, he helped establish a vigorous graduate program in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, where he created and taught original courses on applied partial differential equations, stability and bifurcation theory, asymptotic analysis, and theoretical fluid dynamics. Many graduates of the program continued as doctoral students or postdocs at various universities around the world including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Oxford University, MIT.

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

I served as a program co-Chair for the leading international conference in the field of explosions and reactive systems (25-th ICDERS, International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, in 2015, and as a program committee member in 2017. This reflects my international standing in the community of experts in the field of reactive systems. In addition, I have given numerous invited talks at conferences and universities, both internationally and in Russia.

Societal relevance of my past research has been primarily in bringing new theoretical knowledge to my field of science (dynamics of reacting flows, shock waves, and detonations). In addition, I have taught extensively and advised at graduate and postdoc levels which has significant impact on society through the work and life of students and postdocs who took my classes and whom I advised.

I am involved in the project on additive manufacturing supported by Oerlikon. The work is focused on computational modeling of Selective Laser Melting (SLM).


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