named 2017 Hardin Professor
Dr. Mohamed Salim Azzouz, Associate Professor of
Engineering in the McCoy School of Engineering, was named Hardin Professor for
2017 during the Midwestern State University commencement ceremony May 13.
Hardin Professor is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the
university each year.
The Hardin Foundation for Wichita County established
the annual award in 1962 for a member of the MSU faculty whose teaching and
research of the preceding 12 months has brought distinction to the faculty
member and the institution. The award carries with it a stipend of $3,500.
Azzouz is the 57th professor to achieve this honor.
Azzouz came to MSU in 2006. He previously worked as a
mechanical engineer for the LRG Group (Dannon) in Geneva, Switzerland, from
1990-1997, then as research assistant and adjunct faculty at Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1999-2005. He was an intern engineer for
SIEMENS VDO in Newport News, Virginia, in 2005-2006.
At MSU, Azzouz is a member of the Faculty Senate and
the Financial Aid Appeal Committee. He has participated in recruitment trips to
high schools throughout the area, and advised numerous student organizations
such as the Sri Lankan Student Organization, the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers Student Chapter, and the African Student Organization. Azzouz works
as a mentor in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop
He is a member of the Wichita Falls ISD Career and
Technical Education Center Advisory Board. He has been a speaker and presenter
at the Region 9 Math and Science Conference in Wichita Falls and the Big
Brothers Big Sisters/MSU Dream Big College Day. He frequently judges area
robotics contests and projects at science and engineering fairs.
Azzouz was recognized by students as best teaching
faculty at the McCoy of Engineering each year from 2012 through 2015, and
received an Award of Appreciation plaque from the Senior Mechanical Engineering
Students in 2014. He received recognition from the African Student Organization
in 2011 and a Certificate of Appreciation from the College of Science and
Mathematics at MSU in 2007. He also was recognized by Mortar Board in 2007 as
an exemplary professor, leader, and mentor.
He is a member of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and
the American Solar Energy Society.
Azzouz received a License of Mechanics from University
Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, in 1986. He earned bachelorís and masterís
degrees in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from
Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 2005.