Faculty & Staff

Michel Saad joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1959. During his tenure, he spent three terms as department chair (1963–64, 1974–75, 1981–84) and served as 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, implementing UNESCO’s activities in the field of science and technology in the Middle East and North Africa. An avid researcher in combustion, fluid behavior under low gravity, and energy systems, his work was sponsored by Lockheed, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Aerospace, and NASA. His research has been extensively published internationally in the area of thermo-fluids sciences and resulted in two textbooks: Thermodynamics, Principles and Practice and Compressible Fluid Flow, 2nd edition. Michel retired from the department in 2002 after 43 years of service. He passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Jan. 16, 2020, after a long-fought medical journey. He will be fondly and lovingly remembered, having touched the lives of many students and colleagues during his time at SCU. Professor Saad is survived by his daughter, Janine Barker, his granddaughter Rachel Barker, nieces Yvette Namek, Marie Saad, and Mireille Zalapa, and nephews George Saad, Aziz Saad, John Saad, and Peter Saad.

04 Feb 2020