Dr. Akbar Eslami is a Professor in the Department of Technology and holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 22 years of experience in working in higher education and industry. He has strong organization skills, curriculum and laboratory development, as well as accreditation knowledge. He is currently coordinating the Engineering Technology Program in the Department of Technology. Prior to this position, he had served as Chair of the Department of Technology for more than six years from Aug. 2000 to Dec. 2006. During his tenure as the Chairperson, in spring 2002, under his leadership the curriculum of the Industrial Technology Program was revised and enhanced to reflect current trends in the marketplace. Also, he led the department to establish Aviation Science and Engineering Technology programs and acquired reaccreditation for Industrial Technology program. In addition, he secured funding and initiated renovation, establishment, and installation of new equipment at the Computer Hardware and Software Lab, the Cisco-based Computer Networking Lab, and the Robotics and PLC Lab. He was instrumental in increasing enrollment from 42 to more than 95 majors in Industrial Technology program. As coordinator of Engineering Program, he initiated the ABET-ETAC accreditation for Engineering Technology program and was given the responsibility by the administrators to lead the accreditation process for more than three years until time of submitting readiness review report to ABET office. He has engaged industries in sponsoring senior projects and internship program. He was very active in the ATMAE accreditation agency, and served on the accreditation board more than three years. He received 2008 ATMAE’s Outstanding Industrial Technology Professor Award. He is also actively involved in research. His research has resulted in a number of publications in national conferences and journals. Furthermore, he has submitted proposals and has received grants from NASA and Department of Defense. His areas of interests are Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, Design Optimization, Finite Element Analysis, Reverse Engineering, and Automation.
MS, Old Dominion University (1987-1990)
PhD, Old Dominion University (1992-1998)