Muhammad Hajj

CHAIR, DIRECTOR OF DAVIDSON LABORATORY, AND GEORGE MEADE BOND PROFESSOR
Building: Davidson
Room: 200
Phone: 2012163556
Email: mhajj@stevens.edu
Website
Education

The University of Texas at Austin     Civil Engineering      Ph.D., 1990

The University of Texas at Austin     Civil Engineering      M.S., 1985

American University of Beirut          Civil Engineering      B.E. (with Distinction), 1983 

Research

Professor Muhammad R. Hajj is the George Meade Bond Professor, Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering and Director of the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Hajj is a renowned scholar in the fields of nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics, structural dynamics and fluid-structure interactions with applications in aero- and hydro-elasticity, ships hydrodynamics, biomimetically-inspired air and underwater vehicles, and energy harvesting. To date, he has advised and directed research programs of 26 PhD students who hold prestigious academic and industry positions. He is the author/co-author of over 150 journal publications.

Before joining Stevens Institute of Technology in July 2018, Dr. Hajj was the J. Byron Maupin Professor of Engineering and Director of the NSF funded I/UCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems at Virginia Tech where he oversaw the development of industry-directed energy-related science and technology research programs. At Virginia Tech, he also served as the Associate Dean of Graduate School between 2014 and 2018 where he was involved in the implementation of the Transformative Graduate Education initiative. Dr. Hajj is a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and has served as an elected member of its Board of Governors. Dr. Hajj received a B. Eng. degree (with distinction) from the American University of Beirut. He received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Institutional Service

Virginia Tech

2009 – 2013 Chair, International Programs Faculty Committee, College of Engineering international universities.

2007 – 2010, 2011 – 2012 Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

2007 – 2014 Member, University Promotion and Tenure Committee (appointed for three consecutive terms)

2007 – 2010 Member, University Budget and Planning Committee

2006 – 2007 Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

2006 – 2008 President, Executive Committee of Engineering Faculty Organization

2005 – 2007 Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Honors & Awards

Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers

Virginia Tech

College of Engineering’s Dean’s award for Excellence in Research, 2016

Distinguished Leader in Research, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, 2016

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics award for Excellence in Research, 2015

College of Engineering’s Dean’s award for Excellence in Service, 2009

Appointments

Stevens Institute of Technology

2018 – Present          George Meade Bond Chair

2018 – Present           Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

2018 – Present           Director, Davidson Laboratory

Virginia Tech

2016 – 2018                J. Byron Maupin Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering

2014 – 2018                Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

2014 – 2018                Associate Dean of the Graduate School

2007 – 2018                Affiliate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

2013 – 2018                Affiliate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

2003 – 2014                Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

1998 – 2003                Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

1992 – 1998                Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Professional Societies

Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineering 

Grants, Contracts & Funds
  • Evaluation of Combinations of Energy Harvesting and Desalination Technologies, Muhammad Hajj and Lei Zuo, $200,000, U.S. – Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund (advanced to the finalist stage based on panel reviews), 11/1/2017 – 10/31/2019. Research.
  • Acoustic energy transfer for wireless charging of low-power sensors, control devices, and communication networks, Shima Shahab and Muhammad Hajj, $376,086, National Science Foundation, 08/15/2017 – 08/14/2020. Research
  • Phase II IUCRC Virginia Tech: Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS), Muhammad Hajj, Lei Zuo, Dong Ha, Shima Shahab and Shashank Priya, $499,980 (additional funding by industry through memberships), National Science Foundation, 08/01/2017-7/31/2022. Research.
  • Unsteady Hydrodynamics and Geometric Control of Pisciform Locomotion, Craig Woolsey and Muhammad Hajj, $286,002, National Science Foundation, 06/03/2016-08/31/2019. Research
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Sensing and Wireless Controls for Intelligent Automobile Environment, Saied Taheri, Muhammad R. Hajj, Jung-Min Park and Shashank Priya, $1,153,614, National Science Foundation, 09/30/2015 – 12/31/2017. Research.
  • Analysis and Optimal Design of Aquatic and Atmospheric Vehicles That Use Biologically Inspired Propulsion and Control Methods, Craig Woolsey and Muhammad R. Hajj, $350,000, National Science Foundation, 09/01/2014 – 08/31/2017. Research.
  • CEHMS Site Supplement to add Leibnitz University; Muhammad R. Hajj, $25,000, National Science Foundation 07/01/2012 – 07/01/2015. Research.
  • Design and Stiffness-Damping Optimization of Hybrid Composite Laminated Structures; Marwan Al-Haik and Muhammad R. Hajj, $180,000, National Science Foundation, 08/15/2012 -7/31/2014. Research.
  • Low-Frequency Ultra-Wide Bandwidth Piezoelectric Energy Harvester; Shashank Priya and Muhammad R. Hajj, $148,205, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 09/01/2012 – 08/31/2013.Research.
  • I/UCRC CGI: Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) Muhammad Hajj and three Co-PIs, National Science Foundation, 08/01/2010-12/31/2017, $1,055,980.Research.
Patents & Inventions

Energy Harvester, US9786832, Inventor: Abdessattar Abdelkefi, Nathan Sharpes, Shashank Priya, Muhammad R. Hajj, Kyunghoon Cho, Hwiyeol Park, Jin S. Heo, Current Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Issue date: 10/10/2017

Selected Publications
Journals
  1. M Bakhtiari-Nejad, A Elnahhas, MR Hajj, S Shahab. (2018). "Acoustic holograms in contactless ultrasonic power transfer systems: Modeling and experiment", Journal of Applied Physics. 124 (24), 244901.
  2. MY Al-Haik, AA Alothman, MR Hajj. (2018). "Integrated Thermoelectric Energy Generator and Organic Storage Device", Energy Harvesting and Systems. 5 (3-4), 73-79.
  3. VC Meesala, MR Hajj. (2018). "Response variations of a cantilever beam-tip mass system with nonlinear and linearized boundary conditions -", Journal of Vibration and Control. 1077546318809853.
  4. VC Meesala, MR Hajj. (2018). "Identification of nonlinear piezoelectric coefficients", Journal of Applied Physics. 124 (6), 065112.
  5. JS Alrowaijeh, MR Hajj. (2018). "Autonomous self-powered water meter", Applied Physics Letters. 113 (3), 033902 244901.
  6. JS Alrowaijeh, MR Hajj. (2018). "Piezoelectric energy harvesting from flexible delta wings", Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters . 8 (4), 267-271.
  7. AA Hussein, HE Taha, S Ragab, MR Hajj. (2018). "A variational approach for the dynamics of unsteady point vortices", Aerospace Science and Technology. 78, 559-568.
  8. JS Alrowaijeh, MR Hajj. (2018). "Wirelessly controlled harvester/sensor of air speed", Multiscale and Multidisciplinary Modeling, Experiments and Design. 1 (2), 97-101.
  9. FD Marques, DA Pereira, MY Zakaria, MR Hajj. (2018). "Power extraction from stall-induced oscillations of an airfoil", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. 29 (7), 1407-1417.
  10. M Liu, R Lin, S Zhou, Y Yu, A Ishida, M McGrath, B Kennedy, M Hajj, .... (2018). "Design, simulation and experiment of a novel high efficiency energy harvesting paver", Applied Energy. 212, 966-975.
  11. D Liu, M Al-Haik, M Zakaria, MR Hajj. (2018). "Piezoelectric energy harvesting using L-shaped structures", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. 29 (6), 1206-1215.
  12. AA Hussein, MR Hajj, C Woolsey. (2018). "Stable, planar self propulsion using a hinged flap", IFAC-PapersOnLine. 51 (29), 395-399.
  13. MY Zakaria, MM Ibrahim, S Ragab, MR Hajj. (2018). "A computational study of vortex shedding from a NACA-0012 airfoil at high angles of attack", International Journal of Aerodynamics. 6 (1), 1-17.
  14. Z Yan, SA Ragab, MR Hajj. (2018). "Passive control of transonic flutter with a nonlinear energy sink", Nonlinear Dynamics. 91 (1), 577-590.