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Focus On EMU: Earning Your Civil Engineering Degree At Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University

The demand for civil engineers in Michigan has risen in the last few years.  In response to this trend, the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a new Bachelor of Science program in civil engineering.  In this week's "Focus on EMU," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Dr. Mohamed Qatu, dean of EMU's College of Engineering and Technology, about what this new program has to offer.


Mohamed Qatu
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Dr. Mohamed Qatu, dean of EMU's College of Engineering & Technology

Professor Mohamad Qatu is passionate about the use of mechanics to solve engineering design problems, particularly in the areas of automotive engineering, composites and  vibrations.  He worked on composite plates and shells and developed a theory for the analysis of deep laminated thick shells.  Dr. Qatu’s book on vibration of laminated shells and plates is the first in the field.  In addition, Dr. Qatu applied mechanics principles to study fluid born noise phenomenon in power steering lines.  His apparatus and methods are widely used in the auto industry today.  Dr. Qatu’s is recognized for his work on driveline systems, engine mounts, exhaust systems, as well as others.  Dr. Qatu used computer aided engineering tools like finite element method and others in his research.

Dr. Qatu has published 4 books and more than 100 articles, most of which are in refereed journals.  He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration and on the editorial board on Composite Structures, Journal of Vibration an Control and Journal of Passenger Cars.  He delivered more than 10 keynote presentations at leading conferences.


EMU College of Engineering & Technology

Dr. Mohamed S. Qatu

"New program in Civil Engineering at Eastern Michigan University to propel students into high-demand careers that can help rebuild state and country's infrastructure"

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