Professor Abdel-Khalik served on the UW Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics Faculty from January 1976 to August 1987. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1987, where he now holds the Southern Nuclear Distinguished Professorship in the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Abdel-Khalik's research work over the past 40 years has focused on reactor engineering, reactor safety, two-phase flow, and thermal-hydraulics. He has supervised over 110 graduate theses in both Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and has published a textbook on accident and transient analysis for PWRs, several patents, and over 300 papers and publications in leading journals and conference proceedings.
He is a Fellow of both the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Glenn Murphy Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division, Georgia Tech's Outstanding Service Award, and the Woodruff School's Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Abdel-Khalik served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for six years (2006 to 2012), including two years as Vice-Chairman (2008-2009) and two years as Chairman (2010-2011). He has also served on the Nuclear Safety Review Boards for several US nuclear plants, including Farley, Hatch, and Vogtle. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, GA.