Ali Khounsary

  • Research Professor of Physics


Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.S., University of Illinois
B.Sc., University of London

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and SPIE

Community Service

  • Track Chair / co-chair: Radiation Technologies (SPIE), 2001-2008, 2014-present.
  • Chair / co-chair / organizer, over 50 conferences & workshops, 1990-present.
  • Chair, BRTD Radiation Technologies Committee (ASME), 2004-2011, 2012-2015.
  • Chair / Co-chair / member, various technical, professional, and review committees.

Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering (2020 - Present).
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Heat Transfer, 2013-2020.
  • Editor, Journal of X-ray Optics & Instrumentation, 2007-2011.
  • OE Magazine Editorial Board, 2003-2005.
  • Associate Editor, Optical Engineering, 2000-2005.


Faculty, Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation (CSRRI);President, X-ray Optics, Inc.

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois


Medical device development; thermal and fluidic systems; thermal management; X-ray techniques, optics, instrumentation; high heat flux systems; optical and mechanical design and analysis; fabrication techniques; IP development

Ali Khounsary

Contact Information

312.567.3576 174 Robert A. Pritzker Science Center By Appointment