Georges Fadel, a Clemson University mechanical engineering professor & Exxon Mobil Employees' Chair in Engineering, has been named interim chairman of the mechanical engineering department.
Fadel succeeds Don Beasley, a mechanical engineering professor who served as interim chairman of the department since former chairman Imtiaz Haque was named executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville. Beasley will be an assistant to the dean and oversee ABET accreditation preparations in the college.
The mechanical engineering department is among the university's largest with more than 35 faculty members and 800 students, nearly a third of whom are in graduate degree programs.
Fadel came to Clemson in 1992 from Georgia Tech. A specialist in design methodology layout, heterogeneous material optimization and rapid prototyping, he previously worked in Europe and in the Middle East developing and using large simulation codes.
Fadel is co-director of the CEDAR - short for Clemson Engineering Design, Application and Research - group. He is a member and fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and member of Society of Automotive Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optmization, the Design Society and Toastmasters.