Desmond Adair

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Associate Professor

Desmond Adair holds a PhD in Aerodynamics from Imperial College, London. He spent a number of years working as a Research Engineer with the Fixed-Wing Division, NASA Ames, Moffett Field California. This was followed with a position as a Senior Research Engineer at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, England, with secondments to the National Institute of Science and Technology, Washington, DC,  and the Naval Warfare Center White Oak, Silver Spring, Maryland.

He has worked for British Aerospace in the capacity of Senior Research Engineer at Warton, Lancs., in the European Fighter Aircraft programme and also as the Senior Aeroscience Instructor for the Al Yamamah project in Saudi Arabia. Before his present position, he was a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate with the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. He now holds the post of Research Fellow with the University of Tasmania.

Dr. Adair’s teaching and education management experience is wide ranging. Lately his main teaching areas are Engineering Thermodynamics, Propulsion, Flight Mechanics, Sustainable Technology and Numerical Methods.

His current research interests include: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Hydrogen Technology, Aeromechanics, Structural vibrations and novel non-linear analytical solution methods.

Since 2011, Dr. Adair has published more than 100 research papers in impact journals and presented his research at more than 80 peer-reviewed international conferences.


Medal of the Government of Kazakhstan, “Honoured Worker in Education” (2016).

Medal of the Ministry of Education and Science, “For the Contribution to the Development of Science in Kazakhstan” (Dec. 2014).

Nazarbayev University Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching , Nazarbayev University, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan (2017).

President of Nazarbayev University Letter of Appreciation for Quality Teaching, (2017).

Nazarbayev University Green Campus Innovation Competition – Winner (2020).