School of Engineering
Field of Study: Mechanical & Interdisciplinary
Office: 343 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Nael Barakat, Ph.D. P.Eng. FASME
Mechanical Engineering Program Chair
ASME District B Leader
Dr. Barakat joined GVSU Engineering in 2005 after three years of university teaching and four years of industrial experience and consulting, including companies like: "Brown and Sharpe" and "Agere Systems." Dr. Barakat holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He is also a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada. His areas of interest include NEMS, Controls, Robotics, Automation, Systems Integration, Metrology, as well as Engineering Ethics, professionalism, and Education. Dr. Barakat supervises the Robotics lab and co-supervises the clean room. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical engineers (ASME) and currently the ASME District B Leader.
1. Nanotechnology page: http://gvsu.edu/engineering/nanotechnology-at-grand-valley-state-university-232.htm.
2.Personal web page: http://sites.google.com/site/drnbarakatsite/
Recent Awards and Honors:
1. ASME student section advisor award twice (2007 & 2011)
2. GVSU Distinguished Early-Career Award (2010)
3. Best Student Paper Award - advisor and co-author, ASEE-NCS (2009)
Recent Invited Activities:
1. Seminar presentation: “Nanotechnology and Society,” for members of the Michigan Society for Professional Engineers (MSPE) chapter in West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Feb. 1, 2012.
2. ME educational expert with a focus group to identify and evaluate Sustainable energy educational needs and appropriate content for a text book, organized by CENGAGE publishing, Denver, CO. Nov. 2011.
3. Seminar and presentation at Central Michigan University for doctoral students and faculty titled: “Nanotechnology meets the World,” Oct. 7, 2011. Seminar discussed the challenges in building an undergraduate nanotechnology program as well as the ethical and societal impact of nanotechnology.
1. Jiao H. and N. Barakat, “Balanced Depth and Breadth in a New Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Course,” Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Vol 40(1), 75 - 87, Baywood Publishing Company, Inc. 2011 – 2012, doi.10.2190/ET.40.1.g, http://baywood.com.
2. Nael Barakat, “Engineering Ethics: A Critical Dimension of the Profession,” International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), Vol. 1, issue 2, July, 2011, www.i-JEP.org, www.online-journals.org, DOI:10.3991/ijep.v1i2.1639, invited paper.
3. Nael Barakat “Balanced integration of theory and applications in teaching Robotics,” The International Journal of Learning, Common Ground Publisher (CGP), Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 245-258, http://www.Learning-Journal.com, ISSN 1447-9494, 2011.
4. Barakat N. and H. Jiao, “Proposed Strategies for Teaching ethics of Nanotechnology,“ Nanoethics Journal, Springer, Netherlands, Sep. 2010. DOI 10.1007/s11569-010-0100-0.
5. Barakat N. and H. Jiao, “Effective NEMS Education and training in an Undergraduate Course,” ASME – IMECE, Nov. 2012, Houston, TX.
6. Plouff C. and N. Barakat, “Infusion of ABET–specified Professional and Academic Content into Off-campus Work Experiences via Distance Learning Modules,” Frontiers in Education, Seattle, WA. Sep. 2012.
7. A. Plotkowski, H. Jiao, and N. Barakat, “Design and Computational Analysis of Diaphragm Based Piezoresistive Pressure Sensors for Integration into Undergraduate Curriculum,“ ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 9 – 13, San Antonio, TX. 2012.
8. Filush A. and N. Barakat, “Levels of Ethics Education in University Graduate Programs,” ASME – IMECE, Nov. 2011, Denver, CO.
9. Barakat N. and H. Jiao, “Nanotechnology Integration to Enhance Undergraduate Engineering Education,” 1st World Engineering Education Flash Week (WEE2011), September 27-30, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.
10. Jiao H. and N. Barakat, “Ion-Sensitive Field Effect Transistor as a PH Sensor,” ChinaNano, Beijing, China, Sep. 2011.