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Kiger, Kenneth

Kiger, Kenneth

Keystone Professor
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Brain and Behavior Institute
1131U Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1995


  • National Science Foundation CAREER Initiation Award, 1997.


  • Reviewer for National Science Foundation
  • Referee for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, Experiments in Fluids, International Journal of Multiphase Flow
  • Experimental Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Organizing Committee for the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (2000)

Fluid mechanics and experimental techniques, specifically in the topics of multi-phase flows, particle/turbulence interaction, and turbulent mixing in complex geometries. Current project topics include applying Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to the suspension of sediment in turbulent channel flows, air entrainment by plunging liquid jets, fundamental dynamics of spray cooling for electronic applications, and the effects of turbulent mixing on safety issues within Pressurized Water Reactors of nuclear power plants.


  • Lee, J., J. Kim, and K.T. Kiger, “Time and Space Resolved Heat Transfer Characteristics of Single Droplet Cooling Using Microscale Heater Arrays,” Intl. J. of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 188-200, 2001.
  • Kiger, K. T., and F. Gavelli, “Boron Mixing in Complex Geometries: Flow Structure Details,” Nuclear Engineering and Design, 208, pp. 67-85, 2001.


  • Gavelli F., and K.T. Kiger, “High Resolution Boron Dilution Measurements Using Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF),” Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 195, pp 13-25, 2000.
  • Chirichella, D., R. Gomez-Ledesma, K.T. Kiger, and J.H. Duncan, “Air Entrainment by a Plunging Liquid Jet Translating Over a Free Surface,” Physics of Fluids (Gallery of Fluid Motion, photographs and abstract), Vol. 12, No. 9, pp. S4, 2000.
  • Kiger, K.T., and C. Pan, “PIV Technique for Simultaneous Measurement of Dilute Two-phase Flows,” Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 122, pp. 811-818, 2000.

Convocation to Honor Faculty, Staff Accomplishments

Four Maryland Engineers among awardees from across campus

Davis Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Recognition honors excellence in research and teaching.

Kiger Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for his achievements in research and pedagogy.

Spanning the Distance to K-12

The Women in Engineering Program shipped nearly 1,500 kits to middle and high school kids, concentrating on communities with traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM.

Rewiring the Student Network

As curriculum shifted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clark School discovered new ways for students to benefit from collaboration in class, engage with the university community, and build relationships with their peers.

Revolutionizing the Test

The Clark School is launching a pilot of open-source software PrairieLearn, an online homework and exam system that allows customized student assessment for an asynchronous environment.

Chow and Niezelski Named 2015-2016 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

Mechanical Engineering seniors Ryan Chow and Sarah Niezelski selected as 2015-2016 scholars.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering to Host 7th Fischell Festival

Annual event invites everyone to learn more about biomedical engineering.

Duncan Receives Wilson H. Elkins Professorship

Mechanical Engineering Professor James Duncan awarded professorship to expand research in hydrodynamics.

Tackling Head Injuries

Bioengineering team has created device that could prevent concussions.

Regents Recognize Kiger for Teaching

Mechanical engineering professor receives one of the Board of Regents' highest honors.

Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement

Conservation advocate Philip Hannam serves as student speaker.

Keystone Academy Fosters Great Fundamental Teaching

Six professors have been named to the Clark School's new Keystone program.