Dr. Wakil is working as a Research Scientist in the Water Desalination and Reuse Centre of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. He also worked as Research Fellow in the National University of Singapore (NUS). His research focused on thermal systems for cooling and desalination such as; Multi-effect Desalination (MED) and Adsorption cycle (AD) and their hybridization for overall system performance improvements. He is also working on heat transfer improvement specially for falling film evaporators operating at low temperatures. Primary fuel cost apportionment in single and cogeneration plants such as CCGT+Desalination is also his area of interest. Their exergy based economic model is very much appreciated in desalination industry and in academic World. He also has expertise on complex system distributed modelling and simulation.
Dr. Wakil holds three international patents. To date, he published 18 peer-reviewed journal papers including Nature Middle East, 45 conference papers and three book chapters. He also received two best research paper awards in international conferences. Their innovative hybrid desalination cycle, MEDAD cycle, won “GE-ARAMCO global water challenge” award for high efficiency and lowest water production cycle.
He is also selected as a regional coordinator of International Desalination Association’s Young Leader Programme (IDA-YLP) for Middle East and Africa Region for 2015-2017. He is also a member of many professional organizations namely: International Desalination Association (IDA), American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME), Institute of Engineers of Pakistan (IEP) Lahore, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) Society of Pakistan, and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).