Serag El Din

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Brief Biography

Mohamed Amr Serag-Eldin is a professor of thermo-fluids and Energy in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He received his BSc in 1970 from the Department of Mechanical Power at Cairo University.

Right after graduation, he was appointed teaching assistant in the department, received his MSc in April 1973,  and remained there until he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Heat Transfer section) at the Imperial College for Science and Technology (IC) in October 1973, to pursue his studies under the direct supervision of  the late Prof. Brian Spalding(DSc), globally recognized as the father of CFD(Computational Fluid Dynamics). Serag-Eldin was granted a Ph.D. from IC in 1977, and after some short post-doctoral research at the Atomic Energy labs in Harwell, UK, he returned to Cairo University to resume his academic career, where he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in November 1997,  then promoted to an associate professor in 1983, and finally to a full professor in 1988.

Serag Eldin remained affiliated with Cairo University until joining AUC in 1996.  However, from 1983 to 1987, he was seconded to IBM's WTC research center in Egypt, where he first joined as a scientist and later promoted to project leader, and finally to projects coordinator. His main task during this period was to develop new computer-intensive applications in CFD

From 1988 to 1996, Serag-Eldin founded and supervised the Higher Institute for Energy in Aswan as acting dean, while still carrying a full academic load at Cairo University. This institute was the result of joint collaboration between the Ministries of Higher-Education and Energy and was the first institute to be accredited by the Supreme Council of Higher Universities. It is currently affiliated to the University of the Southern Valley as the Faculty of  Energy Engineering.

Serag-Eldin joined AUC in Fall 1996, as a full-time faculty in the then Mechanical Engineering Unit of the Engineering department, where he taught Thermo-fluids and Computational Analysis courses. In Fall 1997, he was selected Unit head and occupied that position until the unit expanded to a full department in Fall 2000. He then chaired the newly founded department for the following six years, i.e. from 2000 to 2006.

In Fall 2008 Serageldin introduced the Power concentration into the Mechanical Engineering program and managed it ever since. From February 2015 up to July 2017 Serag-Eldin chaired the Petroleum and Energy department at AUC along with his responsibilities in the Mechanical Engineering department.


BSc, 1970, Mechanical engineering, Cairo University

MSc, 1973, Mechanical Engineering, Cairo University

PhD, 1977, Imperial College, London, UK

DIC, 1978, Imperial College, London, UK

Selected Publications

  1. Rady,Y.,Y.,  Rocco,M.V., Serag-Eldin,M.A., Colombo,E., “Modeling for Power Generation Sector in Developing Countries: Case of Egypt”, Energy 165 pp.198-209,(2018).
  2. Huzayyin,O.A.,  El-Morsi, M.S., Serag-Eldin, M.A., and El-Bedaiwy, M.F. – “Prototype for Solar Powered Chip-Ice Production Facility”, Proc. Of ASME 2017 Int. Mech. Eng. Congress and Exposition, IMECE2017, Nov 3-19, 2017, Tampa, Florida, USA, paper #IMECE2017-72510.
  3. Serag-Eldin,M.A., “Thermal Design of a Roof-mounted CLFR Collection System for a Desert Absorption-chiller”, Int.J.Sustainable Energy,Feb 2014, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp 506-524
  4. Serag-Eldin,M.A., “Design of a chilled water storage unit for solar air-conditioning”, Int. J. Sustainable Energy, 2013, Vol. 32, Issue 5, pp.385-405.
  5. Serag-Eldin,M.A, “Design of Heat Storage for a Solar Concentrator Driving an Absorption Chiller”, J. Engineering, Vol 5, Issue 1A,2013, pp.107-116.
  6. Serag-Eldin, M.A., “ Thermal design of a modern, air-conditioned, single-floor, solar-powered desert home”, Int. J. Sustainable Energy, Vol.30.2,pp121-141(2011).
  7. Serag-Eldin, M.A., “Lowering the sink temperature of a desert solar air-conditioning system”, Transactions of the Wessex Institute, 2011; available online DOI:/10.2495/SDP 110201.
  8.  M.A. Serag-Eldin, “Prediction of Performance of a Wind-driven Ventilation Device” , Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics,  97, pp.560-572,(2009).
  9. Serag-Eldin,M.A. – “Experimental Validation of the Predicted Performance of a Wind-Driven Venturi Ventilator”, Int. Journal of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,Vol 3, 1, 2009, pp.27-33.
  10. Serag-Eldin, M.A.  and Abdel-Rahman, A.S.- “ Three-Dimensional Analysis of Displacement Ventilation Systems”, online Journal IEEE Xplore, May,2007.


Courses Taught 

ENGR 261, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 

ENGR 312, Engineering Analysis and Computation I 

MENG 314, Engineering Analysis and Computation II 

ENGR 313, Engineering Analysis and Computations

MENG 362, Applied Fluid Mechanics  

MENG 466, Heat Transfer 

ENGR 551, Computational Methods in Engineering 

ENGR 564, Air Pollution Control

ENGR 592, Computational Fluid Dynamics


Research Interest
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Renewable energy applications particularly wind and solar
  • HVAC and air pollution
  • Energy Economics and Management