Syed Sohail Akhtar
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
King Fahd University of petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
He currently hold the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. In 2011, he joined KFUPM as an Assistant Professor, where he has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2016. His research areas are applied materials, manufacturing and computational mechanics. He has authored/co-authored more than 85 archival technical publications, including 75 ISI journal papers. He has published 02 books and many book chapters. He hold 03 patent applications dealing with laser- assisted surface modification methodologies for different alloys. Overall, his research consists of a good mix of futuristic and present-day research that is of practical significance and has immediate relevance and impact in industry. In collaboration with other research fellows, he has worked on 19 basic and applied research projects; some of them were internally funded by the KFUPM, while others were funded by agencies like King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), The National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (NSTIP) and Saudi Arabian Basic Industries (SABIC). I also served as Co-PI in a KFUPM/MIT collaborative research project. He has been awarded “Excellence in Research” Award 2016 by the College of Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in recognition to my research achievements. He is actively involved in editorial review process of several international Journals and conference proceedings. He also has reviewed many project proposals for funding bodies. He is a regular reviewer of 19 leading International Journals in the area of applied mechanics, materials and manufacturing. His teaching is greatly influenced by his extensive research work and five years of professional job in well-established industrial and R & D organizations. He has taught a number of Mechanical Engineering graduate and undergraduate courses including materials science, machine design, manufacturing processes, reliability engineering, probabilistic concepts in design & production, non-linear finite element analysis and design & analysis of engineering experiments. He is actively involved in ABET/program Assessment of ME department KFUPM since three years and trained as an IDEAL Scholar in assessment practices by ABET, Inc.
Applied materials, Manufacturing and computational mechanics: Metal forming and other advanced manufacturing processes, Surface engineering, Laser assisted manufacturing and surface modification processes, Material characterization using modern techniques, Materials modeling using phase field method, Applications of finite element method in multi-physics problems, design and development of composites