Alzahabi named to Alfred Grava Chair

Nov 18, 2013

Kettering University has named Dr. Basem Alzahabi to the Alfred Grava Chair of Engineering Design.

Kettering University has named Dr. Basem Alzahabi to the Alfred Grava Chair of Engineering Design.

Dr. Basem AlzahabiThe Alfred Grava Chair of Engineering Design was established by Dr. Martin ("Skip") Walker and his wife Mary in 1998 to honor the legacy of their lifelong friend Al Grava, a 1957 Kettering/GMI graduate and former president of Masco-Tech Automotive Systems Group. 

Walker graduated from Kettering/General Motors Institute in 1954 and went on to become the chairman/CEO of the M.A. Hanna Company. The Alfred Grava Chair is intended to support a Kettering University faculty member with expertise in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

“I am truly honored to be named the Alfred Grava Chair of Engineering Design," Alzahabi said. "It is particularly gratifying that this honor recognizes my achievements and commitment to research and teaching in the field of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)."

Alzahabi is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of International Programs at Kettering. He completed his doctorate in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan where he specialized in computational engineering mechanics, automotive noise vibration and harshness, and structural optimization and redesign. He's taught at Kettering since 1998.

"I am very grateful to Dr. Walker, his wife Mary and to Kettering University for the distinction bestowed upon me," Alzahabi said. "It also gives me a greater sense of responsibility to continue contributing to the Kettering community through my research, teaching and service.”