Habib Najm

Member of The Board

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA.


Combustion Research Facility

Reacting Flow Research

Sandia National Laboratories, California P.O. Box 969 Livermore CA 94551-0969 USA

Research Interests

H. Najm leads a research program in computational reacting flow and uncertainty quantification, funded by the US Dept. Of Energy. His research has spanned development of numerical methods for reacting flow computations, development of uncertainty quantification methods and their application in reacting flow, analysis and reduction of multiscale chemical systems, modeling of electrochemical microfluid systems, statistical data analysis for biodetection, stochastic dynamical systems, and Bayesian inference methods for inverse problems. He is author/co-author of over 80 journal articles and eleven US patents.

Selected Publications

  • Prager, J., Najm, H., and Zador, J., “Uncertainty Quantification in the ab initio Rate-Coefficient Calculation for the CH3CH(OH)CH3+OH→CH3C∗(OH)CH3+H2O Reaction”, Proc. Comb. Inst., 34:583-590, 2013.
  • Berry, R.D., Najm, H.N., Debusschere, B.J., Adalsteinsson, H., and Marzouk, Y.M., “Data-free inference of the joint distribution of uncertain model parameters”, J. Comput. Phys., 231:2180-2198, 2012.
  • Debusschere, B.J., Marzouk, Y.M., Najm, H.N., Rhoads, B., Goussis, D.A., Valorani, M., “Computational Singular Perturbation with Non-Parametric Tabulation of Slow Manifolds for Time Integration of Stiff Chemical Kinetics”, Combustion Theory and Modelling, 16(1):173-198, 2012.
  • Prager, J., Najm, H.N., Valorani,M., and Goussis, D.A.,“Structure of n-Heptane/Air Triple Flames in Partially-Premixed Mixing Layers”, Combustion and Flame, 158:2128-2144, 2011
  • Sonday, B.E., Berry, R.D., Najm, H.N., and Debusschere, B.J., “Eigenvalues of the Jacobian of a Galerkin-Projected Uncertain ODE System”, SIAM J. on Scientific Computing, 33, 1212-1233, 2011.
  • Safta, C., Ray, J., Najm, H.N., “A High-Order Low-Mach Number AMR Construction for Chemically Reacting Flows”, J. Comput. Phys., 229:9299-9322, 2010.
  • Najm, H.N., Valorani, M., Goussis, D.A., and Prager, J.,“Analysis of Methane-Air Edge Flame Structure”, Combustion Theory and Modelling, 14(2):257-294, 2010.
  • Najm, H.N., “Uncertainty Quantification and Polynomial Chaos Techniques I in Computational Fluid Dynamics”, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 41(1), 35-52, 2009.


  • BE, Mech. Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1983.
  • SM, Mech. Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1986.
  • PhD, Mech. Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1989.

Professional Profile

  • 2004-present, Distinguished Member of the Tech. Staff, Sandia Nat. Labs, Livermore, CA
  • 1997-2004, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia Nat. Labs, Livermore, CA
  • 1993-1997, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia Nat. Labs, Livermore, CA
  • 1989-1993, Member of the Tech. Staff, Semiconductor Proc. & Design Ctr, Texas Inst.