College of Engineering Hosts Candidates for Chair of Department of Mechanical Engineering

The College of Engineering will host three candidates for the position of Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Xuejun Fan will visit on Tuesday, April 19th, Dr. Sheldon Wang on Wednesday, April 20th, and Dr. Mansour Karkoub on Thursday, April 21st.   The biographies of each candidate are listed below.


fan photo 2018Dr. Xuejun Fan is currently a Regents’ Professor of Texas State University System, and a Mary Ann and Lawrence E. Faust Endowed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He is an IEEE Fellow. Dr. Fan received a B.S. degree in Applied Mechanics and an M.S. degree in Solid Mechanics from Tianjin University in 1984 and 1986, respectively. In 1989 he earned a Ph.D. degree in Solid Mechanics from Tsinghua University in China. He began his academic career at Taiyuan University of Technology (TUT) in 1989. He worked at the University of Tokyo in Japan, from 1993 to 1994. through the Young Scientist Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He was a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada from 1996 to 1997. During his tenure at TUT from 1989 to 1997, Dr. Fan was appointed as an Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Mechanics in 1990 and promoted to Director of Applied Mechanics at TUT in 1994. Dr. Fan became a full professor by early promotion in 1991, one of the youngest professors in China at that time. From 1997 to 2007, his career moved from academia to industry: 1997 – 2000 as a group leader and a Member Technical Staff at Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore; 2001 – 2003 as a Senior Member Research Staff at Philips Research in Briarcliff Manor, New York; and 2004 - 2007 as a Senior Staff Engineer at Intel in Chandler, Arizona.

Dr. Fan returned to academia by joining Lamar University in 2007 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2013. At Lamar University, Dr. Fan received University Professor Award in 2018, the highest honor at Lamar University. He received University Scholar Award in 2017. He was Larry Lawson Research Fellow (2017-2020), Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow (2015-2018, 2018-2021), and Presidential Faculty Fellow (2014-2016). He was also selected for Inaugural Faculty Mentor Award in 2015. In his research field of electronics packaging, he received the Outstanding Sustained Technical Contribution Award in 2017, and the Exceptional Technical Achievement Award in 2011 from Electronics Packaging Society of IEEE. He serves as co-chair of the Modeling & Simulation Chapter for Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

wangDr. Sheldon Wang is a tenured Full Professor in McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University (MSU), a Member of the Texas Tech University System. Dr. Wang received his M.S. in Ocean Engineering (1993) and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics (1995) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Wang has worked in the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (currently, Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech), Polytechnic University (currently, Tandon School of Engineering at New York University), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) as a faculty member before joining MSU in 2009 as Professor and Chair of McCoy School of Engineering. Dr. Wang’s research interests include computational fluid and solid mechanics, fluid-solid interactions, quantitative modeling of complex dynamical systems. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, NIH, MIT, Northwestern University, MSU, US Navy, US Air Force, WPT, Wichita Tank, FAA, Echometer, DHS System, Howmet Aerospace, Thermal Science, AbioMED, Alcoa Foundation, and Arconic Foundation. Dr. Wang is the author of around 50 journal papers. He is also the author of the research monograph “Fundamentals of Fluid-Solid Interactions - Analytical and Computational Approaches” published by Elsevier Science in 2008 (ISBN 978-0444528070), the textbook “Essential Mathematical Tools for Engineers” published by Sentia Publishing in 2022 (ISBN 978-1-7329858-1-0), and the research monograph “Immersed Methods for Coupled Continua” (jointly with Prof. Lucy Zhang) published by World Scientific Publishing in 2022 (ISBN 10 9813234504). Dr. Wang has served as reviewer and editorial board member for NSF, DOA, DOE, MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, World Congress of Computational Mechanics, Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, and International Conference on Computational Structures Technology along with many technical journals. Dr. Wang was selected by Polytechnic University as one of the five founding Othmer Junior Faculty Fellows from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Wang was the recipient of awards from US Air Force Summer Fellowship Program in 2008 and 2009 and NSF Summer Institutes Fellowship Program from 2003 to 2012.

Dr. Wang served as the Chair of McCoy School of Engineering from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Wang also received Award of Appreciation and Certificate of Appreciation from Commissioner of Higher Education in Texas, Raymund Paredes in 2011 and 2013 for his leadership role as the Mechanical Engineering Committee Chair in the Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering for Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Wang served as the Director of MSU YES camps from 2010 to 2019. Dr. Wang has been serving as the treasurer of the MIT Club of Dallas/Ft. Worth since 2013. Dr. Wang passed FE (Mechanical Engineering) and PE (Thermal and Fluids Systems) exams in 2013 and 2017 respectively and is currently a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas.

KarboubDr. Mansour Karkoub received B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In 2003, he received an H.D.R. from the University of Versailles, France. He started his academic career as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota and researcher at the Minnesota Super Computer Institute. In 2002, he joined the French “National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Controls (INRIA)” in Rocquencourt, France as a professor and researcher in smart transportation systems. In 2005, he joined the Petroleum Institute (PI) as Department Head for the mechanical engineering department and later nominated as Assistant Provost in charge of all accreditation activities in the college of engineering. In 2009, Dr. Karkoub joined Texas A&M University campus at Qatar as professor of mechanical engineering. He is the recipient of the 2012 “Distinguished Achievement Award” and the “2019 Faculty Research Excellence Award” from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He was also an Eminent Scholar at the University of Aix Marseilles, France in the summer of 2012 as member of a consortium on “self-driving vehicles infrastructure”.

In the past 10 years, Dr. Karkoub raised more than $7 MN in research funding in the area of autonomous robotic systems from QNRF and the oil and gas industry. He is the founder and director of the Smart Systems Laboratory which houses state-of-the-art ground and underwater autonomous vehicles and haptic robotic systems testbeds for applied research. He published more than 190 peer-reviewed articles and one textbook on computer aided design. Dr. Karkoub is a fellow of ASME, fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), and a senior member of IEEE. He is also an active ABET program evaluator and a registered professional engineer (PE) in the state of Texas. His interests include robust control, autonomous ground and underwater robotic systems, self-driving vehicles, mechatronics, artificial intelligence, as well as engineering education.