Dr. Bassem Ramadan, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics, combustion, fluid flow analysis and modeling, thermal systems design and modeling, energy conservation and analysis.
Ramadan finds Kettering students polite, well mannered, and professional and feels that the cooperative education program makes some of Kettering's students serious about their education, responsible, mature, and knowledgeable; setting them apart from students at other colleges. Ramadan was interested in teaching at Kettering because he was intrigued by the cooperative education program, because Kettering works closely with high tech companies and because of the small campus and relatively small class size. His favorite aspect of teaching at Kettering is being able to educate students, knowing that what he is doing has a positive impact on their future lives and careers, and the continued contact he maintains with students who seek his advice or guidance on their careers or higher education after they graduate.
Ramadan would give prospective students the following advice. "Take your education seriously. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get the education you aspire to, and if you don't get it during your years at college, it will be too late to try to catch up after graduation."
Once when Ramadan was giving an exam for one of his colleagues, he was a few minutes late because of his schedule. When he entered the classroom everyone applauded. He asked them, "Why are you applauding; you haven't seen the exam yet?" This made everyone laugh and helped to put them in a good mood before the start of the exam.
Hidden talents and outside interests: Ramadan has a wide variety of interests to keep him busy when not teaching or pursuing research. He enjoys swimming, skiing, exercising, woodworking, writing, listening to music, and of course fixing things.