Dr. Qatu has spent more than 26 years in the industry and academia since finishing his Ph.D. in 1989. He spent 13 years in the industry (mostly at Ford Motor Company.) His academic experience includes professorship in mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University and being school director of the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Michigan University.
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 four 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 and Control and Journal of Passenger Cars. He delivered more than ten keynote presentations at leading conferences.