Hassan Mahfuz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1975, 1986, and 1989, respectively. Dr. Mahfuz joined Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, Fla, USA in 2005 as a Professor in the Ocean Engineering Department. He served at the historic Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala, USA for fifteen years before joining FAU. Dr. Mahfuz has dedicated his research in the development and analysis of composite materials. His research thrust has been in the manufacturing of advanced composites, characterization, and analysis under various rates of strain. He made significant contributions in developing the coinjection resin transfer molding (CIRTM) process for sandwich construction and introduced a new Hopkinson bar technique to test these materials. In recent years, Dr. Mahfuz has focused his research on the area of nanocomposites. His pioneering work with infusion of CNTs into nylon is well recognized in composites community. He was first to demonstrate that strength and stiffness of nylon filaments can be increased by almost 300% with only 1 wt% concentration of CNTs. His contribution in modifying polymeric foam materials by nanoscale Titania was equally important. He showed that a sandwich composite made from nanophased polyurethane foam can absorb 25% more energy under ballistic impact. He successfully utilized this energy absorption characteristic of nanomaterials into the development of flexible armor. Dr. Mahfuz and his students at FAU introduced a cross-linking fixative and silica nanoparticles into silane and constructed flexible armor bypassing the traditional shear thickening fluid (STF) route. The resulting armor demonstrated far superior stab resistance. Dr. Mahfuz’s contribution in research is evidenced by his publications in well-recognized refereed journals. He has published a book, several book chapters, and 90 refereed journal papers. He has presented 34 invited and key-note lectures and contributed 110 conference papers. He helped 48 M.S. and Ph.D. students graduating.
Biography Updated on 25 October 2010