Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Engineering Building 221P
Phone: 806-651-5261

Professional Profile

Dr. Issa joined the College of Engineering in 2004, a year after it started. Since joining the department, he has been in charge of the enhancement of the thermal sciences undergraduate laboratory. His background and research activities are in the area of heat transfer and fluid dynamics. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Issa worked four years in the aerospace industry and eight years in the steel rolling industry. While working in the steel industry, Dr. Issa conducted extensive studies and online modeling on the cooling of the hot mill rolls and flat products on the run-out table. He is co-inventor of the rolling of flat products in the hot-strip mill using axially-shifted inverse symmetrical rolls, which has a U.S. patent.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Issa's teaching interests are in the area of thermal sciences such as heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, thermal design, fluid power, spray combustion and computational fluid dynamics. He likes to utilize his industrial work experience while teaching engineering classes.

Courses Dr. Issa has taught undergraduate courses like Thermal-Fluids Design, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Power and Transmission, Fundamentals of Engineering, Plant Layout and Design, Fundamentals of Manufacturing Technology, Thermal-Fluids Exp. and Mechanical Vibration. He has taught graduate courses like Robotics Implementation, Industrial Automation/Cybernetics and Advanced Industrial Processes.

Dr. Issa's University assignments include Academic Appeals Committee, Student Endowment Scholarship Committee, Student Honors Committee and associate membership in the Graduate Faculty.

He is also a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Association for Iron and Steel Technology, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Issa is interested in conducting research in areas that are important to the industry but are fundamental in nature. His research interests include modeling and simulation in areas of heat transfer and fluid dynamics (single phase, multiphase flow, Newtonian fluids and Non-Newtonian fluids). His current academic research activities focus on numerical modeling and experimental studies of air-mist cooling in the metal production, power generation and food process industries.