Mohamad S. Qatu

A photo of Mohamad Qatu

Dean of College of Engineering and Technology

Dean's Office

207 Sill Hall


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  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, June, 1989, The Ohio State University
  • MS, Engineering Mechanics, December, 1986, The Ohio State University
  • B.Eng., Engineering (Honor), May, 1985, Yarmouk University, Jordan

Professional Summary

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.

Interests and Expertise

  • Composite structures
  • Vibrations
  • Automotive engineering

Courses Taught

  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Machine Design
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Introduction to Vibrations
  • Advanced Vibrations
  • Engineering Design (Cap-Stone)
  • Mechanics of Composite Structures

Selected Publications

  • Vibration of Laminated Shells and Plates, pp. 406, Elsevier (2004)
  • Road Vehicle Dynamics (with multiple authors), pp. 852, SAE (2008)
  • Road Vehicle Dynamics: Problems and Solutions (with co-authors), SAE (2010) Vibration of Continuous Systems, with A. W Leissa, McGraw Hills, (2011)
  • E. Asadi, M.S. Qatu, "Free vibration of thick laminated cylindrical shells with different boundary conditions using GDQ," J. of Vibration and Control, Vol. 19, Bo. 3, pp. 356–366. February, 2013.
  • Chen, GS, Zheng, H, Qatu, MS, "Decomposition of Noise Sources of Synchronous Belt Drives" Journal of Sound and Vibration., Vol. 332, No. 9, pp. 2239-2252, April, 2013.
  • Hajianmaleki M., Qatu M. S., " Vibrations of straight and curved composite beams: A review", Composite Structures, Vol. 100, pp. 218-232, June, 2013.
  • Qatu M.S., Abu-Shams, M and Hajianmaleji, M, "Application of Laminated Composite Materials in Vehicle Design: Theories and Analyses of
  • Composite Beams," SAE Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 12761282, July, 2013.
  • Hajianmaleki M., Qatu, M. S., "Transverse vibration analysis of generally laminated two-segment composite shafts using GDQ", Journal of Vibration and Control, Vol. 19, no. 13, pp. 20132021 October, 2013.

Patents / Awards / Grants

  • Multi-Chamber and Tuned Pipe Systems for Fluid Borne Noise attenuation. Patent No. 6155378, Approved December 5, 2000.
  • System and Apparatus for Noise Suppression in a Fluid Line, Prior Art No. 20020059959, 2002. Approved, May 2002.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Additional Information

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.