Abdel-Salam elected to roles in international organizations

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, associate dean for research and director for the Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering and Technology, has recently been elected to two leadership positions within international organizations.

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam

Abdel-Salam will serve as the vice chair for operations of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee for 2021-23. The committee consists of worldwide experts who help develop, support and administer AIAA products and services, including conferences, publications, awards and student design contests. The committee is part of AIAA’s Propulsion and Energy Group, which focuses on the application of engineering sciences and system engineering to the production, storage, distribution and conservation of energy for terrestrial uses.

AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace technical society with nearly 30,000 members and 95 corporate members from 85 countries.

Abdel-Salam was also elected to serve as the 2021 chair of the Sustainable Development Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers International, a global organization of more than 128,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. In his role, Abdel-Salam will oversee a committee that focuses on life-cycle analysis, smart manufacturing, advances in alternative energy sources, vehicle electrification strategies and energy storage.

Abdel-Salam is a mechanical and environmental engineer whose research focuses on thermo-fluids, engineering education and renewable energy, among other topics. He has published works in areas related to STEM, virtual engineering laboratories and distance education. His teaching focuses on thermo-fluids, energy and environmental engineering.

As director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, his focus is on collaborative research in areas of sustainable energy and ecological systems. The center partners with businesses, industries and organizations on a variety of sustainability issues to foster efforts that benefit North Carolina and global communities.

— Ken Buday