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Ali Khounsary

Ali Khounsary, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Physics



Office Hours: 

By Appointment


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

Additional Affiliations 

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois
President, X-ray Optics, Inc.
Faculty, Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation (CSRRI)


Optics, X-ray optics and instrumentation, heat transfer, thermal management, high heat load optics, X-ray techniques, mechanical and optomechanical design and analysis, finite element analysis, product development, fabrication techniques.

Editorial Boards 

  • Associate Editor of Journal of Heat Transfer, 2013-present.
  • Editor, Journal of X-ray Optics & Instrumentation, 2007-2011.
  • OE Magazine Editorial Board, 2003-2005.
  • Associate Editor, Optical Engineering, 2000-2005.

Professional Societies 

  • Fellow of 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.