Dr. Firas Jarrar
Dr. Firas Jarrar Assistant Professor & Manager, Yahsat Space Lab (YSL)
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering &  Manager, Yahsat Space Lab (YSL)

Dr. Firas Jarrar is currently an Assistant Professor at Khalifa University. He joined the Petroleum Institute (which later became part of KU) in 2013. Before that, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Jordan. He received his PhD degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2009.

His research experience is related to advanced techniques for fabricating lightweight components mainly for the automotive and aerospace industries, analysis of nanosatellites, and nonlinear dynamics. In addition, Dr. Jarrar is currently involved in designing and building small satellites in two ongoing satellite projects at the YahSat Space lab at KU. His industrial experience includes working for the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co. as a mechanical Engineer for three years. Dr. Jarrar has published more than thirty papers in various international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. In 2017 he was awarded the Dean of the College of Engineering Teaching Award at the Petroleum Institute. In addition, Dr. Jarrar is the lead developer of the CubeSat Wizard.

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky (USA), 2009
  • MSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Jordan (Jordan), 2005
  • BSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Jordan (Jordan), 2001
Teaching Areas
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Mechanical Engineering Design Project I & II
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • Spacecraft Systems and Design
  • Machine Design
Research Interests
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Design and analysis of small satellites
  • Superplastic forming of lightweight sheet metals
  • Friction-stir welding
  • Kinematic analysis of robot manipulators
  • 3D printing of sandwich structures

Recent Research Projects

  • Novel Types of Lightweight Sandwich Structures and Composites, part of the Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Center of Excellence
  • CubeSat Analysis and Design, part of Khalifa University Space Technology and Innovation Center (KUSTIC)