Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Department/Faculty

  • Fall 2011: Dr. Francis Francis has been promoted to the rank of associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at NDU effective October 1, 2011. Dr. Francis received his BE in Mechanical  Engineering from the University of Rostov on Don (Russia) in 1987, his ME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology (Australia) in 1997 and his PhD from the University of New South Wales (Australia) in 2003. He worked as a Manufacturing Management Specialist at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, before moving into graduate studies. He joined NDU in 2003 as assistant professor in mechanical engineering. Dr. Francis is credited for many refereed publications related to his areas of interest.

  • Summer 2011: Dr. Charbel Bou Mosleh has been appointed, for the second time, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University.

  • Spring 2011: The department organized its first international conference or the International Conference on Advanced Research and Applications in Mechanical Engineering (ICARAME’11) from June 13 to June 15, 2011 at NDU. The conference is co-organized by NDU and Wayne State University within the framework of the MOU between the two institutions. A total of 58 papers were accepted for presentation with a large percentage from USA (22 papers) and Iran (19 papers). Three keynote speakers of international reputation were invited to the conference and the opening ceremony featured an inaugural talk by Mr. N. Frem, Head of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists and CEO of Indevco Group. The event was supported by the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and two industrial partners, namely, Petrofac International and MSC Software

  • Fall 2010: The department organized with the collaboration of MSC Software a full day seminar about the latest development in computational mechanics as incorporated in the newest editions of the software tools developed by MSC Software like SimExpert, Nastran, etc. The event took place at NDU on October 10, 2010, and featured morning presentations and afternoon workshops. Participants from sister universities and local industrial companies did show up at the event.

  • Summer 2010: Dr. Charbel Bou Mosleh has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University and as such he is leading research projects at Stanford this summer 2010 for the US Army High Performance Computing Research Center Summer Institute.

  • Summer 2010: Dr. Michel El Hayek has been elected “President-Elect” of the Lebanese ASHRAE Chapter for the society year July 2010-June 2011. Along with his new position, Dr. El Hayek will continue serving as SA Chair for the same society year.

  • Summer 2009: The department participated actively in the organization of the International Conference on Advances in Computational Tools for Engineering Applications (ACTEA09), which was held at NDU from July 14 to July 17, 2009. Six papers, from the department, were accepted and presented at the conference.

  • Fall 2008: Dr. Ghazi Asmar has been promoted to the rank of associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at NDU effective October 1, 2008. Dr. Asmar received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 1989, his MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1993 and his PhD in 1998, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He worked as project engineer till 1991 when he decided to follow graduate studies. He joined NDU in 1999 as assistant professor in mechanical engineering. Dr. Asmar is credited for many refereed publications related to his areas of interest.

  • Summer 2008: Dr. Michel El Hayek has been selected to chair the Students Activities Committee of the Lebanese ASHRAE Chapter. The appointment is for the society year from June 2008 to July 2009.

  • Spring 2007: Dr. Michel El Hayek received a “Certified Online Instructor” certificate in April 2007 after having successfully completed a training course on online instruction in January-March 2007 offered by Madonna University (USA) and Notre Dame University (Lebanon).

  • Summer 2007: Within the framework of the exchange program with Vaxjo University, Sweden, the ME Department received Mr. Samir Khoshaba, Program Director, Product Development and Industrial Design, during summer 2007 for a two-week stay at NDU. During his stay, Mr. Khoshaba acted as guest speaker and delivered various lectures related to advanced mechanical design topics (bearing, fracture mechanics, etc...).

  • Summer 2007: Dr. Michel El Hayek has been promoted to the rank of associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at NDU effective October 1, 2007. Dr. El Hayek received his Mechanical Engineering Diploma from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium) in 1987 and his “Doctorat en Sciences Appliquées” from the same institution in 1997. He has been also awarded the degree of “Doctorat Européen en Sciences Appliquées” in 1997 (Faculté Polytechnique de Mons - Belgium, Technische Universiteit Delft - The Netherlands, and Universidade Técnica de Lisboa – Portugal). He was a senior research engineer from 1988 to 1998, working on various European research projects (Joule), and joined NDU in 1998 as assistant professor. He has been appointed Chairperson of the Mechanical Engineering Department in October 2006. Dr. El Hayek is credited for many refereed publications related to his areas of interest.

Students

  • Fall 2011: Joseph Salame, Wissam Bejjani and Jad Habib from the NDU team who won the first place in the 3rd SPDC represented the ASME District J 2011 in the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) held at Denver, Colorado, from November 10 to November 17, 2011. It is the second time NDU teams represent District J in the international competition organized by ASME on yearly basis.

  • Spring 2011: The local student section of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) organized the first Lebanese ASHRAE Student Convention (LASC) with the support of the Lebanese ASHRAE Chapter at NDU. The event took place on May 21, 2011 and featured talks by experts and a student competition. A one-page description was published in NDU Spirit issue N.52 (link: http://www.ndu.edu.lb/research/ndupress/spirit/english52.pdf).

  • Spring 2011: Multiple teams from NDU participated in the 3rd Student Professional Development Conference of the ASME District J (Middle East and Africa) which was organized from April 29 to 30, 2011, at the American University of Beirut. The conference involved a major student design competition and some secondary competitions like oral presentation competition, poster presentation competition, etc. Various teams from middle-eastern universities were attending like AUB, NDU, LAU and BAU from Lebanon, King Fahd University from KSA, Khalifa University and Pits Bilani University from the UAE, and AUC from Egypt. NDU teams proved to be the best in the major competition and won the first two places as follows:
      • First Place: Joseph Salame, Wissam Bejjani, Jad Habib, Boutros Nasr
      • Second Place: Chrsitian Zeidan

The first team is expected to participate in the upcoming International Mechanical Engineering Congress in November 2011 and to compete with similar winners from other ASME districts.
Furthermore, the NDU student Joseph Tayoun won the third place in the Old Guard oral presentation competition. [Short Report (link: http://www.ndu.edu.lb/research/ndupress/spirit/english52.pdf)].

  • Fall 2010: Mireille Hantouche represented the District J of the ASME as finalist in the Old Guard Oral Presentation at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition organized by ASME in Vancouver, Canada, November 2010.

  • Summer 2010: Charles Haddad received the 2009-2010 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence owing to his highest GPA among the 2009-2010 graduates. Moreover, Charles was accepted to follow a master degree with full scholarships at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

  • Summer 2010: A team made of Rabih Jenadri, Arz Tawk and Robert Mousallem was awarded the 2009-2010 Dean’s Award for Engineering Innovation for his final year project consisting of the design and manufacturing of CNC router able to engrave workpieces made of plastic, wood, etc. and directly interfaced with AutoCAD.

  • Summer 2010: Rodrigue Chemali received the 2009-2010 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Services owing to his involvement in the organization of the second SPDC of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at NDU in May 2010. In recognition of that, Rodrigue was elected vice-chair of the ASME Region J’s SDOB for the academic year 2010-2011.

  • Spring 2010: Charles Haddad has been elected chair of the Student District Operating Board of the ASME worldwide. As such, he is regularly invited to participate in meetings and student conferences in the US.  He has been also accepted to follow a master degree at UTSI with full scholarship.

  • Spring 2010: Mireille Hantouche participated in the Old Guard Oral Competition of the 2010 ASME District J’s SPDC and won the first place. As such she will be competing in a similar competition against winners of other districts. The international competition is to be held in November 2010 in the USA.

  • Spring 2010: Pierrot Antoun participated in the Mechatronics Competition of the 2010 ASME District J’s SPDC and won the first place.

  • Spring 2010: For the second time, the Local Student Section of the ASME won the privilege of organizing the 2nd Student Professional Development Conference of the ASME District J (Middle East and Africa). The conference tool place at NDU from May 7 to May 8, 2010 an saw a larger participation from local and regional universities [Report (link to http://www.ndu.edu.lb/research/ndupress/spirit/english49.pdf)].

  • Fall 2009: Alain Achkar with his “Snickers Rocks” vehicle represented ASME District J in the final competition organized by the ASME within the framework of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition held regularly in the month of November every year.

  • Summer 2009: Georges Akiki received the 2008-2009 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence owing to his highest GPA among the 2008-2009 graduates. Moreover, Georges is the Valedictorian of the Faculty of Engineering for the same academic year and has applied to the University of Tennessee Space Institute and got accepted with full scholarships.

  • Summer 2009: Eva Saade was the recipients of the 2008-2009 Dean’s Award for Engineering Innovation for her final year project consisting of the design and testing of a windbelt system to convert the energy associated with the vortex shedding mechanism into useful power.

  • Summer 2009: The organizing committee of the first ASME Student Professional Development Conference organized at NDU from May 15 to May 16, 2009 was the recipients of the 2008-2009 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Services. The committee is made of the following ME students: Charles Haddad, Elie Aoun, Jessica Ghobril, Patrick Jreijiri, Joe Lattouf, Jean Chemaly, and Camil Fares, plus a team from AUB and LAU

  • Spring 2009: Charles Haddad has been elected chair of the newly established Student District Operating Board of the ASME District J (Middle East & Africa). As such, he was invited twice to participate in meetings and student conferences in the US.

  • Spring 2009: Alain Achkar with his “Snickers Rocks” vehicle won the first prize in the Student Design Competition organized within the 1st ASME Student Professional Development Conference held at NDU, May 15-16, 2009. He won also the mechatronics competition and is preparing for his trip to the US to participate in the grand challenge in which NDU is to compete with universities from all over the world.

  • Spring 2009: A team made of Charles Haddad, Georges Akiki, and Jessica Ghobril with their “Genius NDU” vehicle won the second prize in the Student Design Competition organized within the 1PstP ASME Student Professional Development Conference held at NDU, May 15-16, 2009.

  • Spring 2009: Ihab Musharrafieh won the third prize in the Old Guard Oral Presentation competition organized within the 1PstP ASME Student Professional Development Conference held at NDU, May 15-16, 2009.

  • Spring 2009: Patrick Jreijiri won the first prize in the Old Guard Poster competition organized within the 1PstP ASME Student Professional Development Conference held at NDU, May 15-16, 2009.

  • Spring 2009: The 1st Student Professional Development Conference of the ASME District J (Middle East and Africa) was organized from May 15 to May 16, 2009, by the local ASME Student Branch at NDU. Teams from various regional universities did participate and competed in the different competitions organized. [Report (http://www.ndu.edu.lb/research/ndupress/spirit/english47.pdf)].

  • Spring 2007: Michel Akiki & Nadim Zgheib have been accepted at the University of Tennessee – Space Institute (UTSI) to pursue a master degree with full scholarship. Michel has been also awarded the Lloyd Crwaford Award (UTSI) for his outstanding performance while still at NDU.
  • Spring 2007: Nancy Daher received the Said Akl’s Award for her outstanding performance in mechanical engineering. She is now pursuing a master of engineering degree at AUB with scholarship.

  • Spring 2007: Nancy Daher and Joe Rached presented a paper entitled “Numerical Prediction of Slip Flow and Heat Transfer in Microchannels” at the 6th FEA Student Conference on May 23-24, 2007, AUB, Beirut, Lebanon.

  • Spring 2007: Michel Akiki has been accepted at the University of Tennessee – Space Institute (UTSI) to pursue a master degree with full scholarship. He has been also awarded the Lloyd Crwaford Award (UTSI) for his outstanding performance while still at NDU.