School of Engineering

Nael Barakat, Ph.D. P.Eng. FASME

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Title: Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Field of Study: Mechanical & Interdisciplinary

Office: 343 Kennedy Hall of Engineering

Phone: 616-331-6825



1.      Professional Aspects of Engineering

2.      Robotic Systems Engineering

3.      Mechatronics and Control

4.      Machine Design, System Integration, and Senior Projects


Dr. Barakat joined GVSU Engineering in 2005 after three years of university teaching and four years of industrial experience and consulting, including companies like: "Brown and Sharpe" and "Agere Systems." Dr. Barakat holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical engineers (ASME).  His areas of interest include Mechatronics, Controls, Robotics, Automation, Systems Integration, Metrology, as well as Engineering Ethics, professionalism, and Education. Dr. Barakat supervises the Robotics lab. 

Dr. Barakat is serving, and has served, in multiple leadership roles within professional organizations including:

1.      District B Leader, Technology and Society Division Chair, Committee on Ethical Standards and Review Chair, and the national nominating committee of the ASME.

2.      Executive positions of the Engineering Ethics Division, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

3.      Member of the Board of directors of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE).

4.      Member of the USA delegate group to the World Federation for Engineering Organizations (WFEO) on the Committee on Anti-Corruption. 

Recent Awards and Honors:

  1. ASME McDonald Mentoring Award (2014).
  2. ASME Dedicated Service Award (2011).
  3. ASME student section advisor award twice (2007 & 2011)
  4. GVSU Distinguished Early-Career Award (2010)
  5. Best Student Paper Award - advisor and co-author, ASEE-NCS (2009)

Recent Professional and Service Activities:

  1. Workshop: “Teaching Engineering Ethics and Professional Responsibility – Techniques and Methods,” World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) - Dubai, Dec. 2014.
  2. Invited Panelist: “Engineering Ethics Education in Workplace Environments,” ASEE Annual conference, Indianapolis, IN. June 2014.
  3. Invited Panelist: “Globalization of Engineering Ethics,” IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Chicago, IL.  May 2014.
  4. Invited leadership training workshop: “Strategic and Operational Planning and Execution,” Middle East and Africa District-J of ASME, Abu Dhabi – UAE, Dec, 2013.
  5. Invited seminar presentation: “Nanotechnology meets the world,” Singapore - ASME senior section, Singapore, Sep. 2013.
  6. Topic organizer, reviewer, and sessions’ chair, “Ethics and Emerging Technology Educational Tracks,” ASME-IMECE, 2008 – Present.
  7. Member of the Forest Hills Public Schools (FHPS) science advisory committee, Grand Rapids, MI. 2012-Present.

Web sites:

1. Nanotechnology page:

2. Personal web page:


Recent Publications:

  1. N. Barakat, N. Sunny, and M. Hasan, “Ethics of Regulated Biomedical Device Design,” Presented and published in the Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014.                                                                      
  2. Barakat N. and C. Plouff, “A Model for On-Line Education of ABET-required Professional Aspects of Engineering,” IEEE Engineering Education Global Conference (EDUCON-2014), April 3-5, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014. 
  3. Jiao, L. and N. Barakat, “Ion-Sensitive Field Effect Transistor as a PH Sensor.” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Volume 13, Number 2, February 2013 , pp. 1194-1198(5),
  4. Jiao H. and N. Barakat, “Balanced Depth and Breadth in a New Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Course,” Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Vol 40(1), 75 - 87, Baywood Publishing Company, Inc. 2011 – 2012, doi.10.2190/ET.40.1.g,
  5. Nael Barakat, “Engineering Ethics: A Critical Dimension of the Profession,” International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), Vol. 1, issue 2, July, 2011,,, DOI:10.3991/ijep.v1i2.1639, invited paper.
  6. Nael Barakat “Balanced integration of theory and applications in teaching Robotics,” The International Journal of Learning, Common Ground Publisher (CGP), Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 245-258,, ISSN 1447-9494, 2011.
  7. Barakat N. and H. Jiao, “Proposed Strategies for Teaching ethics of Nanotechnology,“ Nanoethics Journal, Springer, Netherlands, Sep. 2010.  DOI 10.1007/s11569-010-0100-0.
  8. Barakat N. and H. Jiao, “Effective NEMS Education and training in an Undergraduate Course,” ASME – IMECE, Nov. 2012, Houston, TX.
  9. Plouff C. and N. Barakat, “Infusion of ABET–specified Professional and Academic Content into Off-campus Work Experiences via Distance Learning Modules,” Frontiers in Education, Seattle, WA. Sep. 2012.
  10. Barakat N. and H. Jiao, “Nanotechnology Integration to Enhance Undergraduate Engineering Education,” 1st World Engineering Education Flash Week (WEE2011), September 27-30, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.


 Current ongoing research:

1.      Engineering Ethics as an umbrella for evolving issues related to: engineering practice, education, societal impact, and public policy.

2.      Robotics applications to biomedical fields.

3.      Nanotechnology education methods.

Recent Grant Activities:

  1. Barakat, Nael (Co-PI with 5 other colleagues), "Mentoring, Academic Support and Scholarships for Science Students (MAS4)," Sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal, $600,000.00. (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2016).
  2. Barakat, Nael (Co-PI), Jiao, Lihong (PI), "Nanotechnology Integration into Undergraduate Engineering and Science Education," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $200,000.00. (January 2010 - December 2012).