Professor Michel A. Saad joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Santa Clara University in 1959. He received his B.Sc. (Honors) from Alexandria University, M.Sc. from M.I.T., and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1956. He taught at Lehigh University for 3 years before joining SCU in 1959. During his tenure, Professor Saad spent three terms as Department Chairman (1963-1964, 1974-1975 and 1981-1984) and became Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs from 1988 until 1990. In addition he worked for four years for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), implementing UNESCO’s activities in the field of science and technology in the Middle East and North Africa.
Professor Saad did research in combustion, fluid behavior under low gravity and energy systems. The research was sponsored by Lockheed, the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Aerospace and NASA. His research has extensive international publication in the area of thermo-fluids sciences including two textbooks “Thermodynamics, Principles and Practice” and “Compressible Fluid Flow, 2nd Ed.” Published by Prentice Hall. Professor Saad retired from the Department in 2002 after 43 years service.