Professor Badih Jawad, chair of the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), has been named the American Arab of the Year in Education by the American Arab Professionals Network (AAPN) of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in Dearborn.
The award will be presented at the annual AAPN banquet on May 15.
Jawad joined the LTU faculty in 1996 after teaching at several local universities and working as a research and product development engineer for Chrysler Corp. He created LTUâ€™s masterâ€™s degree in mechanical engineering, of which he is currently the director, and led the launch of the doctoral degree in mechanical engineering.
Jawad has served as a faculty adviser to the Formula SAE and Supermileage car teams. In 2002, under his guidance, the LTU Formula SAE team won the very first Road & Track trophy for the fastest car in the competition. He is the adviser of the Lawrence Tech student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and co-adviser of Lawrence Techâ€™s SAE International student chapter. He has led numerous research projects at LTU.
Jawad was named a 2010-11 SAE Fellow, which is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering, scientific, and leadership accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technologies.
His extensive community service includes more than 11 years as chairman of the school board of the Muslim American Youth Academy at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Under his leadership, the school has achieved full accreditation.