message from the mechanical engineering chair


Badih Ali Jawad. Ph.D

Chair & Professor,
A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Building E34
Phone (248) 204-2553

Welcome to a Technological World in Motion

Have you ever dreamt of a creative invention or marveled at innovations that seem magical?  Many innovations over the past 100 years have indeed been “magical.”  Who in 1910 could have dreamed of flying at five times the speed of sound, walking on the moon, or seeing a virtual reality 3D movie?  The future seems to be even brighter, with innovations that will dwarf the present ones in the same way.

If you want to be part of the magical future that will shape the way we travel, play, work, and entertain, we welcome you to become part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. The ME department offers very dynamic curricula which integrate industrial projects with Theory and Practice, the all-encompassing motto of Lawrence Tech. The curricula are designed to meet the needs of employers by including input from industry experts who serve on the departmental advisory board.

Our curricula include futuristic applications of micro devices and nano-technology in the design of mechanical systems, which are predicted to be the wave of the future. Typical applications include micro-refrigeration, power generation, heat engines and micro electromechanical sensors. Also included is a comprehensive program on alternate energy generation, system design, management, and implementation.

As micro devices become ever more ubiquitous, effective integration between micro and macro becomes ever more essential. Large scale structures will not be replaced but rather, will be enhanced by these micro devices. Design of large scale structures, (for example, larger capacity aircraft,) will become common and be made more efficient. These new structures will utilize new "intelligent" materials as compared to some of the conventional materials now in use. Mechanical engineering students here will be involved in research on the applications and structural designs of such materials while also benefitting from a traditional core of fundamentals in classical solid mechanics.

Of course, exemplary designs of large scale, medium scale, and micro scale mechanical systems would be rendered useless without the ability to manufacture these designs in a cost efficient manner. This is why our students are exposed to manufacturing processes very early in the program. Our faculty represent a wealth of industrial experience ranging from large scale components to micro components. Students learn how to design these manufacturing processes and set up facilities and procedures to implement them.

For the past 100 years, the automobile has perhaps influenced our world and its development moe than any other device. The automobile industry still drives vast economies that sometimes rival those of the largest nations. There have been huge improvements in vehicle performance, efficiency, safety, and cost even as the automotive industry continues a technological  transformation. These changes impact how business is conducted and include electronics, communication, and emerging technologies. Mechanical engineering and electronics will continue to grow within the auto industry, but which company will dominate the market is hard to predict. Much will depend on the engineers that each firm employs. At Lawrence Technological University, our curricula address these rapid changes, ranging from advanced power-train and structural design to automotive electronics. 

Mechatronics is a newly evolving field that comprises the interaction between mechanical systems and electrical systems. Most of today’s newer innovations involve a mechanical problem with an electrical solution.  Examples include technologies such as “drive-by wire” and “fly-by wire.” The potential impact of these technologies is considerable cost reduction with increased performance, flexibility, and ease of production. Lawrence Tech's mechatronics program addresses these needs.  And, as with all of our programs, we maintain a close relationship with industry experts in the field.

Since its inception 80 years ago, Lawrence Tech has provided technical managers and leaders to all American automobile manufacturers as well as to many other industries. This cadre of experts has placed Lawrence Tech in the top third of colleges nationwide in Standard & Poor rankings of colleges that have produced executives leading the nation’s most successful corporations. BloombergBusinessweek reports that our undergraudates are also among those who receive the highest return on their tuition investment.  All of our engineering and engineering management programs are designed to continue to advance this solid reputation.

You, too, can participate in the “technological world in motion” by taking advantage of the programs offered at Lawrence Technological University that are listed in these web pages. Thank you for this opportunity to address you, and please let me know whenever you have any questions.

Badih Jawad, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program
Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program
Aeronautic Program
Energy Engineering Program
Automotive Engineering Graduate Program
Industrial Engineering Graduate Program
Engineering Management Program
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program
Mechatronic Systems Engineering Graduate Program
Manufacturing Engineering Doctoral Program