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Dr. Wael Nabil Akl

Assistant Professor, 
School of Engineering Sciences. 


Telephone number:  +20104001195 

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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D in Smart Materials, from the University of Maryland – College Park - USA, 2004.
  • MS in Smart Materials, from the University of Maryland – College Park - USA, 2002.
  • MS in Manufacturing, from Ain Shams University – Cairo - Egypt, 1999.
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Ain Shams University – Cairo - Egypt, 1995.       

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Smart materials and structures.
  • Structural dynamics.
  • Active vibration control.
  • Active structural acoustics control.
  • Topology optimization.
  • Fluid-structure interaction.
  • Molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics.

EXPERIENCE

  • Technical and Scientific: 
  • Experience in smart structures and materials, active vibration and noise control, finite element modeling of structural dynamics, fluid-structure interaction analysis, topology optimization, machine element design and manufacturing operations, in addition to deep interest in molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics.

 

  • Professional:
  • Teaching Assistant at the Design & Prod. Eng. Dept. – Ain-Shams University, Cairo Egypt, 1996-1999,
  • Research Assistant at the Mechanical Engineering Dept. – University of Maryland, USA, 2000-2004,
  • Faculty Research Associate at the Mechanical Engineering Dept. – University of Maryland, USA, 2004-2005,
  • Assistant Professor at the Design & production Eng. Dept. – Ain-Shams University, Cairo, 2005-,
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nile University, Cairo, 2008-,

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Graduate Research Grant at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland, USA, 2000.
  • Faculty Research Associate Grant at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland, USA, 2004.
  • Visiting Associate Professor Grant at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland, USA, June-October 2006.
  • Visiting Associate Professor Grant at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland, USA, June-October 2007.
  • Visiting Associate Professor Grant at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland, USA, July-October 2008.
  • Grant from the European Commission through the TEMPUS program to fund the establishment of a virtual reality lab at Ain Shams University (JEP_34012_2006) 2007-2009.
  • Grant from the European Commission through the TEMPUS program to establish a Masters of Engineering in Sound and Vibration (Ain Shams University, Nile University, KTH and others) (JP_00338_2008) 2009-2011.
  • Grant from Science & Technology Development Fund (STDF) in Egypt for Modeling and Development of a Novel Smart Paint Sensor for Acoustic and Vibration Measurement, 2009-2011.
  • Grant from EU through FP7 framework to join a consortium headed by Rolls Royce, Airbus and Snecma, for modeling and developing of a nano-structured paint sensor for acoustic measurement in harsh environments (OPENAIR), April 2009-October 2010.
  • Grant from Spanish Research Agency – International Cooperation and Academic of Scientific Research – Egypt to fund cooperation with Polytechnic University in Madrid to build the theoretical model needed for simulation of thermoacoustic engines, January 2009 – January 2010.
  • Development of smart snake robot using piezoelectric actuators, in conjunction with the University of Maryland, USA and King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, 2007-2009.

SOCIETIES & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Associate Member in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Founding member of the Acoustical Society of Egypt.
  • University of Maryland – College Park – Alumni.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Developing a mechanical engineering undergraduate program at Nile University.
  • Developing a Masters degree in mechatronics at Nile University.
  • Developing a Masters degree in nanotechnology at Nile University.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

1.        Akl W., Ruzzene M., Baz A., “Optimal design of underwater stiffened shells”, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, v. 23, n. 4, 2000, pp. 297-310.

2.        Akl W., Ruzzene M., Baz A., “Optimal design of underwater shells with active stiffeners”, Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, v. 6B, 2001, pp. 1655-1675.

3.        Akl, W., Baz, A., “Smart Foam for Active Vibration and Noise Control”, Proceedings of NoiseCon. 2004.

4.        Akl, W. and A. Baz, “Health Monitoring of Plates using Structural Power Flow Metrics”, Smart Structures and Materials Conf., Paper # 5391-12, San Diego, CA, March 2004.

5.        Akl, W. and A. Baz, “Efficient Virtual Reality Design of Quiet Underwater Shells”, Journal of Virtual Reality, v. 9, n. 1, Dec. 2005, pp 57-69.

6.        Akl, W. and Baz, A., “Active Vibration and Noise Control using Smart Foam”, Journal of Vibration Control, v. 12, n11, 2006, pp 1173-1203.

7.        Akl, W. and Baz, A., “Finite Element Modeling of Smart Foam for Active Vibration and Noise Control Applications”, Mechanics of Advanced materials and Structures, v. 14, 2007, pp 1-22.

8.        Akl, W., El-Sabbagh, A. and Baz, A., “Finite Element Modeling of Plates with Arbitrary Oriented Stiffeners”, Mechanics of Advanced materials and Structures, v. 15, n2, 2008, pp 130-141.

9.        Akl, W., Poh, S. and Baz, A. “Wireless and Distributed Sensing of the Shape of Morphing Structures”, Sensors and Actuators A, v. 140,n. 1, 2007, pp 94-102.

10.     Akl, W., El-Sabbagh, A. and Baz, A., “Optimization of the Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Plates with Isogrid Stiffeners”, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, v. 44, n8, 2008, pp 513-523.

11.     El-Sabbagh, A, Akl, W. and Baz, A., “Topology Optimization of Periodic Mindlin Plates”, Finite Element in Analysis and Design, v. 44, n8, 2008, pp 439-449.

12.     W. Akl, A. El-Sabbagh, K. Al-Mitani, A. Baz, “Topology optimization of a plate coupled with acoustic cavity”, International Journal of Solids and Structures, v. 34, n5, 2008.

13.     AlDraihem O., W. Akl, and, A. Baz, “Nanocomposite Functional Paint for Vibration and Noise Monitoring”, Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, v. 149, n. 2, Feb. 2009.