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  • Jamal F. Nayfeh, Ph.D.

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    College of Engineering

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    Mechanical Engineering

1. Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, December 1990.
2. M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Yarmouk University, June 1985.
3. B.S., Civil Engineering, Kuwait University, June 1983

 Dr. Jamal F. Nayfeh is the Dean of the college of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) since September 2009.

Previously, he was the Associate Dean for Academics, Marketing, and Outreach in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1990. Dr. Nayfeh is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Automotive Engineers, and American Society for Engineering Education.

 Dr. Nayfeh's current fields of research include Design optimization, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing/Finite Element Analysis, Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, 3-D Biomedical modeling, Structural Dynamics, and Composite/Smart Materials and Structures Technology and undergraduate engineering education.

 He has published 24 journal papers and 52 conference proceedings papers, presented 51 papers at national and international conferences and meetings, and conducted 15 short courses and workshops. He graduated 16 M.S. and 6 Ph.D. Students. State, Federal, and Industrial grants have funded his research at UCF (40 grants totaling $5,178,526).

Dr. Nayfeh organized national and international technical sessions and serves on a number of national professional committees. Dr. Nayfeh is a reviewer of a number of international technical journals. Dr. Nayfeh is the President and CEO of Nayfeh Engineering Consulting Serves (NECS).  He is a Consultant to US Navy SPAWAR, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Walt Disney World Ride and Show Engineering, Siemens Power Corporation, and US Corps of Engineers Water Ways Experiment Station.


  • Salih Akour and Jamal Nayeh, ''Nonlinear Dynamics of Polar-Orthotropic Circular Plate'' International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp 1-16, 2006.
  • Montasser Tahat, Salih Akour, Saad Habali and Jamal Nayfeh, ''Optimization of Defense Hole System for Biaxial Loaded Plate with Three Coaxial Holes'' Advances in Structural Engineering Vol. 8, No. 2, pp 117-128, 2005.
  • Salih N. Akour, Mohammed A. Fayyad and Jamal F. Nayfeh,  ''Finite Element Analyses of Two Anti-rotational Designs of Implant Fixtures'' Implant Dentistry, vol. 14, no. 1, pp 77-81, 2005.
  • Montasser Tahat, Salih Akour, Saad Habali and Jamal Nayfeh, ''Design Of Defense Hole System For Biaxially-loaded Plate with a Single Central Hole'', Mutah Journal, scheduled for publication, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp 27-43, 2005.
  • S. N. Akour and J. F. Nayfeh, ''Thermally Induced Displacement in Simply-Supported Laminates'', International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp 119, 2005.  
  • Alberto Boretti, Jamal Nayfeh, and Wael Al-Kouz, Computation of storage power and energy to stabilize a wind-and-solar-only Australian National Electricity Market grid", Energy Storage. doi.org/10.1002/est2.131
  • Wael Al-Kouz, Jamal Nayfeh, and Alberto Boretti, Design of a parabolic trough concentrated solar power plant in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 6th International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies (ICRET 2020), Perth, Australia, January 8-10, 2020.

Undergraduate Courses:
Introduction to Engineering,
Engineering Concepts and Methods,
Engineering Graphics, Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Vibrations, Space Structural Dynamics,
Computer Aided Design,
Introduction to Rapid Prototyping.

Graduate Courses:
Rapid Prototyping,
Computer Aided Design for Manufacture,
Engineering Design with Composite Materials,
Intermediate Dynamics,
Advanced Vibrations,
Finite Elements in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Nonlinear Vibrations, and applied Mathematics for Engineers.
Laboratory Development: Established Design and Rapid Prototyping, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing, Robotics Laboratories.
Computer Development: Established a Symbolic Computational Facility, Commissioning of new software, development of software, and integration of data acquisition.

Curriculum Development:
Chaired College Undergraduate and Graduate Policy and Curriculum Committees and College Undergraduate and Graduate Assessment and Performance Committees. Led College ABET Accreditation Reaffirmation Successfully in 1996, 2003 and 2009. Led College SACS Accreditation Reaffirmation Successfully in 1995 and 2005.  Developed College and University Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minors: Bioengineering, Engineering Leadership, Technological Entrepreneurship, International Engineering, Intelligent Robotic Systems, Informatics Technology, and Secure Computing and Networks.  Revised Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and graduate curricula requirements.

Multidisciplinary Design and Design Optimization.
Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing.
Modeling and Simulation.
Computational Structural Mechanics: Finite Element Modeling and Analysis. Fracture Mechanics applications.
Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping. Medical Applications.
Nonlinear Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures.
Energy and the Environment.
Undergraduate Education, Research, and Outreach Programs.