Dr. Basem Alzahabi, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of International Programs
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, with expertise in computational engineering mechanics, automotive noise vibration and harshness, and structural optimization and redesign.
Alzahabi has taught at Kettering since 1998 and believes that Kettering students know what they want to do with their careers when they arrive on campus, which is quite different from students at other institutions. In his eyes Kettering students are mature, hard-working and focused on what they wish to do and accomplish.
Alzahabi says that he chose to teach at Kettering based on the "Old Man Eloquent," authored by John Quincy Adams, which reads, "if your ACTIONS inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." He also explains that his favorite part about teaching at Kettering is the interaction with students and his work as an adviser for the Tau Delta Tau fraternity, B-Section.
Hot tip for prospective students: "Time goes very fast and students must be very serious about education. They cannot survive with their high school study habits. They can get behind very easily and sometimes it is very hard to recover."
Hidden talents and outside interests: Alzahabi enjoys reading, sports and traveling when he's not on campus conducting research or teaching.
Automotive noise vibration, Computational engineering mechanics, Computer aided engineering, Structrual optimization and redesign, Structural durablity