Dr. Emad Tanbour has more than 24 years of combined experience in mechanical engineering in both academia and industry. His industry experience spans over 18 years in the areas of product development, energy efficient appliances and sustainability, thermal systems design and engineering management. He is an expert researcher in industry and had been leading industry-academia funded research since 1997. Dr. Tanbour is an innovator with over 13 US pending and issued patents all of which resulted in products sold in North America. Most of his innovations are in the field of sustainable design of domestic and commercial appliances. Dr. Tanbour has advanced knowledge of computer aided engineering, CFD and computational mechanics. He is an expert user and trainer of computer aided design using solid modeling. He has conducted research in the areas of heat transfer, thermal-fluids, and energy systems and led many years of research and development projects in the interdisciplinary areas of mechanical engineering. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and ranked third over his cohort and received full scholarship to pursue graduate studies towards his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa. During his studies at Iowa, Dr. Tanbour led the thermal design of all control circuits for NASA Cassini spacecraft that was launched to Saturn. Dr. Tanbour is the recipient of Arch T. Colwell Award from Society of Automotive Engineers and had served for five years as an ABET industry consultant. He also received EMBA training courses at the University of Iowa.
In January 2014, Dr. Tanbour joined Central Michigan University (CMU) as a visiting scholar and he served as tenure track assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology for 2.5 years. During his first year at Central Michigan University, Dr. Tanbour taught engineering mechanics courses for both engineering and engineering technology majors, thermodynamic for ME major, applied fluid mechanics, machine design and capstone projects for senior engineering technology cohort. He served on the SET Graduate Committee where he led the process to develop the assessment plan for the new Master of Science in Engineering. Dr. Tanbour built a state of the art virtual reality laboratory at CMU. He served in MET Assessment Committee and as MET Program Coordinator. During the spring of 2015 and of 2016, Dr. Tanbour taught the Senior Capstone Industrial Design course for all BSET graduating seniors where he managed to attract three externally sponsored design projects (2015) and five externally sponsored projects (2016). Dr. Tanbour is active in research and has published in engineering education conferences (ASEE and ASME), and mechanical engineering periodicals and conferences.
In 2009, Dr. Emad Tanbour joined Prince M. B. Fahd University (PMU) faculty of mechanical engineering. He has led the university strategic plans to achieve total quality assurance. He served as senior advisor to the rector on accreditation and was promoted to dean of quality and accreditation reporting directly to the rector.
During 2005 to 2009, Dr. Tanbour managed product development engineering for Whirlpool and AO Smith water heaters. He led the development of several energy efficient residential water heaters. He was successful in developing the world first ultra-low NOX water heater and the production of many DOE-rated Energy Star power-vented water heaters. His experience included utilization of CFD and state of the art CAD deployment through the industry. He also established industry-largest development and reliability labs for residential water heaters at Whirlpool.
During 1997 to 2005, Dr. Tanbour worked as research and development senior manager at HNI Corporate Technical Center, the second largest manufacturer of office furniture and hearth systems in North America. He led research and development projects utilizing computational mechanics and founded the Hearth Lab at the corporate center. His eight years at HNI included numerous industry-academia funded research projects and strong collaboration relationship with the University Of Iowa College Of Engineering and the Center for Computer Aided Design. During the same period, Dr. Tanbour was active in service in the State of Iowa where he served as co-chair to advanced technical training at the Iowa Department of Economic Development and several industry-academia service capacities.
During 1993 to 1997, Dr. Tanbour was leading Gail Industry high pressure pumps manufacturing where he successfully developed hydrostatic testing piston pumps and mud pumps for oil and gas operations in California and Texas.
Dr. Tanbour has a proven teaching and research record. He served as adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa (2000 to 2005) teaching undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering curriculum and as full time faculty (2009–2013) at Prince M. B. Fahd University. He was principal investigator in several HNI - U of Iowa funded research projects. He managed to secure $300,000 seed funding of the virtual reality lab jointly at HNI/Allsteel and U of Iowa. This seed funding attracted over $18 million in research grants over the past 10 years to the Center for Computer Aided Design at Iowa where he is still an affiliate research scholar. His record of service and research is evident in the list of publications in thermo- fluids and interdisciplinary mechanical engineering. Dr. Tanbour is still active in consulting projects for manufacturers in KSA and USA in the area of mechanical engineering design.