Department of Mechanical Engineering | American University of Sharjah

Designing for the Future

Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at American University of Sharjah. Mechanical engineers shape our future. They are instrumental in finding new solutions that progress technology and expand humankind’s horizons. Mechanical engineers are at the helm of innovation in many fields—from designing manned vehicles, autonomous vehicles, space vehicles and fighter jets of the future, to finding greener ways of generating energy.

More information about specific areas of research, members of our faculty, and admission to our undergraduate and graduate programs can be found here.

Please contact me at [email protected] with your questions and inquiries. I look forward to corresponding with you.

Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez, PhD
Head of Department

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Mechanical Engineering

Faculty

Industrial experience and research achievement are the hallmarks of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's faculty members. Among the leading organizations where our faculty have gained industrial experience are Cameron, Caltech, Caterpillar, GE Aviation, GE Oil and Gas, GE Research Center, Honeywell International, Intel, Rolls-Royce, Schlumberger and Sysense, among others. Our faculty members also regularly contribute to internationally respected engineering and science journals, and have a strong record of impactful research outcomes. This level of expertise provides a highly relevant and engaging education for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our students benefit from our faculty members' extensive theoretical knowledge and are also able to understand how novel research can be of use in commercial environments. 

 

Dr. Mamoun Abdel-Hafez
Professor
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Toronto,
Dr. Bassam Abdel Jaber Abu-Nabah
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Cincinnati, United States
Dr. Wael Abuzaid
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, United States

Alumni

Alumni from the Department of Mechanical Engineering are making a name for themselves in leading organizations in the Middle East and around the world. From the design of aircraft to creating solutions for a greener planet, our alumni are making a difference and enjoying diverse careers, in business and academic. 

SEE WHERE OUR ALUMNI ARE HAVING AN IMPACT.

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority

ADNOC

American University of Sharjah

Asset Integrity Engineering

Baker Hughes

Consolidated Contractors International

DEWA

Dubai Aluminium Company

Emirates Airlines

Emirates Nuclear Energy Cooperation

General Electric

Johnson Controls

McDermott

National Oilwell Varco

National Petroleum Construction Company

Petrofac

Schneider Electric

Siemens

Tenaris

Transco (Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company)

Hear from our Students and Alumni

Research

Mechanical engineering covers a breadth of rapidly evolving fields, each with unique challenges that our faculty and students work to address. Specific areas of mechanical engineering addressed by our faculty include:

Dynamics and Intelligent Systems
  • Acoustics, Vibrations and Nonlinear Dynamics
  • MEMS/NEMS 
  • Mechatronics, Control, Intelligent Systems, Robotics, Navigation and Sensor Fusion
Material, Design and Manufacturing
  • Composites and Smart Materials
  • Machining, Additive Manufacturing and Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Metrology, Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring
Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer and Renewable Energy 
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Microfluidics  
  • Porous Media and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Facilities

Aeronautics Lab

This lab serves both the teaching and research needs of the mechanical engineering program as well as the aerospace minor offered by the department. This lab is intended for senior-level undergraduate and graduate courses and projects.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • small subsonic wind tunnel
  • model aircrafts
  • quadcopters
  • autopilot systems
  • jet engines
  • carbon fiber curing oven

Lab Director: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad

Lab Instructor: Eng. Muhammad Jasim

Course Number: ASE 415, ASE 450

Aerospace Laboratory

This lab serves both the teaching and research needs of the mechanical engineering program as well as the aerospace minor offered by the department. This lab is intended for senior level undergraduate and graduate courses and projects.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • low speed open circuit wind tunnel (0.7 X 1m test section)
  • model aircrafts and quadcopters
  • autopilot system
  • hydraulic system for establishing a 3D simulator
  • laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV)

Room Number: EB2-050

Lab Director: Dr. Samir Emam

Lab Instructor: Muhammad Jasim

Course Number: MCE 410, MCE 415L, MCE 482, ASE 415, ASE 450

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Lab

The CAD Laboratory is a shared facility between the industrial and mechanical engineering departments where students and research scholars can learn to use the latest 2D and 3D design and analysis software (such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, Inventor and more) and then integrate it in their research work.

Students will be trained in CAD courses ranging from beginner to advanced mechanical and engineering design. Using CAD provides enhanced graphics capabilities that allow designers to conceptualize their ideas; modify their designs; perform animation; make design calculations; and use colors, fonts and other artistic features.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • computer systems
  • CAD/CAM software

Room Number: ESB-1039

Lab Director:   Dr. Noha Hussein                                  

Lab Instructor: Eng. Dina Al-Momani

Course Number: INE 301L, INE 333, INE 490/491, MCE 331, MCE 332L, MCE 490/491

Drone Design and Manufacturing Academy

The Drone Design and Manufacturing Academy offers a seven-week certificate program in essential drone design. This program is aimed at training candidates in designing, manufacturing and assembling autonomous drone systems. The mode of teaching consists of theory lectures in the lab, followed by hands-on implementation and assignments.

Students who successfully complete this program will receive the AUS/Quanser Certificate in Essential Drone Design.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • drone airframe design
  • propulsion systems
  • flight control systems
  • drone manufacturing
  • drone testing
  • drone piloting
  • drone automation and control
  • manual and autonomous flight tests

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • Quanser Autonomous Vehicle Research Studio
  • Quanser Aero System
  • Quanser QDrone System
  • Quanser QBot2

Room Number:  ESB-0027

Lab Director: Dr. Shayok Mukhopadhyay

Lab Instructor: Eng. Wasil El Tahir

Course Number: MCE 490/MCE 491, industrial short courses

Dynamics and Control Systems Laboratory

The laboratory is primarily used for covering the fundamentals of dynamic systems’ response in time and frequency domains, introducing the fundamentals of various open loop and closed-loop control systems; PID controllers, analog and digital control systems and interfacing.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • basic temperature control process
  • servo systems
  • mass-spring-damper system
  • torsional system
  • magnetic levitation system
  • two rotors aero-dynamical system
  • ball and plate system
  • inverted pendulum cart system

Room Number: ESB-0008

Lab Director: Dr. Mohammad Jaradat

Lab Instructor: Wasim Almasri

Course Number: MCE 410, MCE 415

Dynamics System Lab

The laboratory is primarily used for covering the fundamentals of dynamic systems’ response in the time and frequency domains. It includes experimental setups that characterize system dynamics representing various engineering domains.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • laser vibrometer system
  • electromagnetic shaker
  • vibration isolation table
  • digital multimeters and oscilloscopes

Room Number: EB2-001

Lab Director: Dr. Samir Emam

Lab Instructor: Wasim Almasri

Course Number: MCE 328, MCE 650

Manufacturing Laboratory

This lab provides a multipurpose and interdisciplinary environment for both instructional and research-related manufacturing processes such as: machining, joining, forming and 3D-printing. It is equipped with a variety of conventional and CNC machine tools. In addition to a range of sensors to measure, monitor and control manufacturing processes. The lab also serves as a workshop for the College of Engineering.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • CNC machining centers
  • CNC lathe
  • CNC laser-cutting machine
  • injection modeling machine
  • general lathe
  • universal milling machines
  • surface grinder
  • shaping machine
  • drilling machine
  • grinding machine
  • hydraulic saw/power saw
  • plasma cutting machine
  • wood planner machine
  • sheet rolling machine
  • TIG welding machine
  • AC/DC welding machine
  • multi-process inverter welding machine
  • casting furnace
  • high temperature vacuum furnace
  • front loading furnace
  • automatic grinding and polishing machine
  • vacuum forming machine
  • 3D printers
  • high energy ball mill
  • metallurgical microscope
  • tool makers microscopes
  • micro hardness tester
  • tool post dynamometer
  • surface profilers

Room Number: EB1-054

Lab Director: Dr. Mohammad Nazzal

Lab Instructor: Mohammed Mustafa

Lab Technicians: Ronald Almirez and Dennis Pusing  

Course Number: NGN110, MCE 216L, MCE 236L, MCE331, MCE 332L, MCE439, MCE440, MCE 490/491

Materials Laboratory

Our Materials Laboratory serves both teaching and research activities in the area of material science and engineering. Here we conduct experiments to study the mechanical properties of different materials such as metals, polymers, composites, and smart materials. It serves as a multipurpose and interdisciplinary environment for both instructional and research-related activities.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • creep machine
  • rotating fatigue machine
  • torsion of shafts and rods
  • impact pendulum 
  • universal testing machine (INSTRON machine) of 100 kN capacity
  • Carbolite 1100oC chamber furnace
  • hardness testing machine
  • METACUT cut-off machine
  • sample injection molding apparatus
  • HDT/VICAT softening point apparatus

Room Number: ESB-0017

Lab Director: Dr. Wael Abuzaid

Lab Instructor: Mohammed Mustafa

Course Number: MCE 230, MCE 331, MCE 332L, MCE 490/491

Measurements and Instrumentation Laboratory

Our Measurements and Instrumentation Laboratory brings hands-on experience to our students through learning and applying engineering measurement techniques using different types of transducers and measurement systems.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • transducers and instrumentation trainer kits
  • strain gauges, LVDTs, thermocouples, RTDs, digital thermometers, flowmeters, light sources and transducers
  • acceleration and displacement measurement devices
  • signal transmission and conditioning systems
  • basic laboratory equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies and function generators)
  • data acquisition systems with LabVIEW software

Room Number: EB2-006

Lab Director: Dr. Mehdi Ghommem

Lab Instructor: Ali Wadi

Course Number: MCE 311

Mechatronics Laboratory

Tests and projects mainly concerned with the design and implementation of projects involving mechatronics aspects, such as the integration between mechanical, electrical and computing, are conducted in our Mechatronics Lab. Our laboratory also hosts vibration measurement equipment for studying and analyzing mechanical vibrations. It also serves senior-level multidisciplinary projects across all programs of the College of Engineering.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • PLC Unit
  • mechanical vibration bench
  • mechanical vibration rig
  • test and measurements equipment
  • real-time control system prototyping equipment such as dSpace kits
  • Kawasaki Industrial Robotic Arm JS5 with the C-series controller
  • MICO 4-dof robot
  • modeling and simulation labs using Matlab-Simulink, LabVIEW and other CAD packages (Fluent, IDEAS, PSPICE, 20-Sim, Dymola, etc.)
  • model airplanes (fixed and rotary wings)
  • inertial navigation units and autopilot
  • SpectraQuest machinery fault simulator
  • quadrotors and mobile robots
  • OptiTrack motion tracking system
  • Siemens S7-400 lab for industrial control
  • Lego-Mindstrom based robotics lab
  • web-based machine monitoring and diagnostics lab
  • PCS7 Siemens process control
  • Pulse B&K vibrations and sound monitoring system

Room Number: ESB-0012

Lab Director: Dr. Mohammad Jaradat

Lab Instructor: Ali Wadi

Course Number: MCE 423, MCE 464, MCE 466, MTR 501, MTR 690, MTR 630

Nondestructive Evaluation Laboratory

Our Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Laboratory brings hands-on experience to our students through learning and developing new inspection technologies relevant to the industry.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • Eddy current system
  • Eddy current thermography system
  • Vibrothermography system
  • Ultrasonic system
  • Laser vision surface profiling system

Room Number: EB2-050A

Lab Director: Dr. Bassam Abu-Nabah

Course Number: MCE 438

Product Visualization Lab

As part of the design process, the Product Visualization Lab allows engineers to get a better idea of the final product (or assembly) before producing it. It speeds up and improves the product’s design while improving manufacturing efficiency and reducing cost.

The lab is equipped with machines and software that can help students to shape, manipulate and manufacture parts. In this lab, students can design mechanical parts, analyze them, and bring them to life. The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • computer systems
  • CAD/CAM software

Room Number: EB2-002

Lab Director: Dr. Mohammad Nazzal

Lab Instructor: Eng. Rami Shunnag

Course Number: MCE 331, MCE 434, MCE 439

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Laboratory

Our Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Laboratory helps students learn about refrigeration and air-conditioning cycles and their performance under different operating conditions. Students also learn different psychrometric processes associated with air conditioning systems. Students also use this lab when working on their senior design projects if they are related to HVAC systems design such as cold thermal energy storage systems.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • air conditioning laboratory unit
  • solar/heat source turbine
  • vapor jet refrigerator/heat pump
  • cold thermal energy storage system (CTESS)
  • water chillers
  • fan coil
  • cooling tower
  • refrigerators
  • window air conditioning system

Room Number: EB2-057

Lab Director: Dr. Mohammed Gadalla

Lab Instructor: Muhammad Jasim

Course Number: MCE 341, MCE 345L, MCE 445, MCE 446, MCE 490 / MCE 491

Renewable Energy Lab

This lab serves both the teaching and research needs of the mechanical engineering program as well as the department’s renewable energy minor. This lab is intended for senior-level undergraduate and graduate courses and projects.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • solar panels
  • photovoltaic solar energy modular trainers
  • artificial light source
  • wind energy unit with aerogenerator
  • fuel cell testing station

Lab Director: Dr. Mehmet Orhan

Lab Instructor: Muhammad Jasim

Course Number: MCE451, MCE452 and MCE 656

Wind Tunnel Lab

This lab serves both the teaching and research needs of the mechanical engineering program as well as the aerospace minor offered by the department. This lab is intended for senior-level undergraduate and graduate courses and projects.

The major equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • large low-speed open circuit wind tunnel (0.7 X 1m test section)
  • Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV)
  • computer controlled 3D fine traverse mechanism for LDV

Room Number: EB2-050

Lab Director: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad

Lab Instructor: Eng. Muhammad Jasim

Course Number: ASE 415, ASE 450

Contact

Have a question? We would like to hear from you. Get in touch today.

Department Head

Dr. Mamoun Fahed Saleh Abdel-Hafez
Tel +971 6 515 2910
[email protected]

Talk to someone about mechanical engineering undergraduate programs

Administrative Assistant 
Marilou Mateo   

Tel +971 6 515 2555 
[email protected]

Talk to someone about mechanical engineering graduate programs

Academic Programs Coordinator
Rhodalyn Diola

Tel +971 6 515 4902
[email protected]

Postal address

Department of Mechanical Engineering 
College of Engineering 
American University of Sharjah 
PO Box 26666 
Sharjah, UAE

 

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