College of Engineering and Technology
Engineering and Technology
Dr. Yusef Fahmy earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and later earned his Ph.D. in the field of materials science and engineering at North Carolina State University. After a brief period conducting post-doctoral research on advanced structural materials, he was named the Director of a new and developing (~120 students) BSE - Mechatronics program via a collaboration of two state university institutions that introduced engineering programs to a traditionally liberal arts environment, with great success, and ultimately getting the program initially accredited by ABET. Now, Dr. Fahmy enjoys getting back to the classroom and laboratory to extend his teaching talents and research goals.
Dr. Fahmy is convinced that most engineering students learn by firsthand experience and he follows a constructivist teaching philosophy. i.e. that students must be actively engaged in their learning. His teaching interest and past work focus heavily on materials science, structure-property-processing relations, mechanical properties of materials, and laboratory development, experimental techniques and research, and delivering hands-on experience to undergraduate engineering students. Also consistent with a constructivist perspective, the understanding of new things is predicated on a clear and full understanding up to that point.
Dr. Fahmy's research interests lie mainly in the area of structural materials and the structure-property-processing relation therein and extended to the field of non-equilibrium processing, nano crystalline materials, and intermetallics. Other research interest areas include composites, influence of magnetic or electric fields on materials, and fracture and failure analysis. He is also interested in developing and optimizing instructional methods and engineering laboratories.